Emergency Services Environment and Water Community facilities | September 09, 2016

Kealy calls for urgent Coleraine flood relief

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP has called for urgent flood relief to support the Coleraine community as they begin clean up works following a one-in-one hundred year flood event.

Coleraine received more than 50 millimeters of rainfall in the last 24 hours which has resulted in significant flood damage throughout the town, with many businesses inundated.

“I have contacted the Minister for Emergency Services, Hon. James Merlino to request urgent flood relief is provided without delay to ensure the resilient community of Coleraine can get back on their feet as soon as possible,” Ms Kealy said.

“Earlier this year we saw disaster assistance provided in the Greater Geelong area in response to flooding and I am calling for the same support to be provided to our regional communities.

“Local people who I have spoken with today in Coleraine are full of praise for the SES and Police, who have been an enormous help to the community.

“I sincerely thank all the wonderful emergency response services who are assisting to protect our local people and property during this time.

“I will continue to offer my full support to the Coleraine community as they now commence significant clean-up works following last night’s flooding rains,” she said.

Many roads into and surrounding Coleraine are closed and road users are being urged to stay alert, take extra care and where possible delay travel plans until flood waters have cleared.

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