Emergency Services Environment and Water Roads | September 14, 2016

Kealy – Stay alert during flood warnings

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP is reminding the region to stay alert and listen to advice from emergency services as more rain is predicted and flood warnings in place across the State.

“As heavy rain events continue across the Lowan electorate, I urge everyone to stay alert and put their safety first during these rainfalls and flood events,” Ms Kealy said.

“Having spent four days in the Coleraine and Casterton areas, it is so inspiring to see how everyone comes together to chip in and support one another in our country communities.

“I sincerely thank all the wonderful emergency response services and the many volunteers who are protecting our local people and property right across the Lowan electorate.

“I remind people affected by flood waters that initial Emergency Relief Assistance is available through the Department of Health and Human Services.

“The relief assistance provides a one off payment of up to $520 per adult and $260 per child (up to a maximum of $1300 per household) to help meet immediate needs, including emergency food, shelter, clothing and personal items,” she said.

Information about financial assistance and eligibility criteria is available from the Department of Health and Human Services and local councils.

Residents can continue to monitor flood warnings on the Emergency Management website at www.emv.vic.gov.au and can request emergency assistance by phoning the State Emergency Service on 132 500.

“I will continue to offer my full support to our resilient regional communities as we face the impact of flood waters and recovery efforts,” Ms Kealy said.

“There are number of road closures and road diversions right across the Wimmera and Western districts due to flood waters, road damage and fallen trees. Please slow down, drive to the conditions and keep updated with road closures through the VicRoads website http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/.

“I urge everyone to remain vigilant, take extra care on our county roads and where possible delay travel plans until flood waters have fully cleared,” she said.

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