Thursday, June 20, 2024

Campaspe flood review underway

Campaspe Shire Council is working with numerous agencies to prepare for the possibility of predicted ongoing high rainfall and impacts to its adjoining river environments.

Mayor Chrissy Weller said that in light of high river volumes, particularly in the Murray and Goulburn rivers, Council staff had started the process of systematically reviewing equipment, including flood pumps, portable flood pumps and clearing litter traps.

“Low-lying areas along the river would be inundated first, such as rural land and properties along the riverbanks,” the Mayor said.

“Property owners are encouraged to plan for the high possibility of flooding, to look at moving equipment, such as water pumps, to higher ground, and also start preparing for stock to be moved if a moderate flood level is announced.”

If water levels continue to rise the community will start to see warning signs, or closed road signs, she said.

“The safety of our community is our number one concern,” the Mayor said.

Council is working with the State Emergency Service (SES), in line with its Municipal Emergency Management Plan.

“Things can change very quickly and we ask the community to be patient and be ‘flood aware, and be prepared’,” Mayor Weller said.

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