Flood guides have been distributed across areas of Moira Shire in the past few weeks by members of the Victorian SES with assistance from local CFA brigades and Victoria Police.
The SES worked with Moira Shire, City of Greater Shepparton, the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and the Federal Government’s Natural Disaster Resilience Scheme to produce the guides for key flood-prone towns in the region as part of a statewide plan.
Copies of the guide are available in Katamatite at the post office, general store, police station and Boosey Creek Cafe and in Tungamah at the general store, or residents can find the information online at www.ses.vic.gov.au
The flood guides include information for residents, farms and businesses to inform them about their risk of flood and to help them ensure they are properly prepared.
‘‘In many cases, the biggest impact from floods in this area is on roads and bridges, often impassable, damaged by powerful floodwater or covered by debris,’’ SES north-east regional operations manager Neil Payn said.
‘‘SES knows it’s vital for families and communities to be aware of flood risks, put together an emergency survival kit and prepare and practice a flood emergency plan ... basically be ready before a flood even happens.
‘‘These new flood guides will help SES and council work in partnership with communities to reduce flood damage and help to keep our community members safe.’’
The SES said each year it heard about a number of people caught in floodwater, where the lucky ones were rescued safely but some were not.
It said the risk of floodwater was real: it could only take 15cm of water to float a vehicle, and floodwater could hide dangers such as drains and washed out roads.