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Community responds to storms

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December 06, 2017

(floods061217a) A rescure person had to be rescued themselves during the floods over the weekend. (floods061217b) SES Seymour used 30 tonnes of sand to provide sandbags for the community. (floods061217c) Delatite Ford road was blocked off. (floods061217d) Seven calls were made to SES Seymour in relation to building damage over the weekend.

(floods061217a) A rescure person had to be rescued themselves during the floods over the weekend. (floods061217b) SES Seymour used 30 tonnes of sand to provide sandbags for the community. (floods061217c) Delatite Ford road was blocked off. (floods061217d) Seven calls were made to SES Seymour in relation to building damage over the weekend.

(floods061217a) A rescure person had to be rescued themselves during the floods over the weekend. (floods061217b) SES Seymour used 30 tonnes of sand to provide sandbags for the community. (floods061217c) Delatite Ford road was blocked off. (floods061217d) Seven calls were made to SES Seymour in relation to building damage over the weekend.

Seymour might have missed the brunt of the weekend’s weather chaos but we still suffered from some of the fallout.

At its peak, the storm shut down 15 roads in Mitchell Shire while VicRoads closed access in Anzac Ave and Emily St in Seymour and the Upper Goulburn Rd from Tallarook to Trawool.

The local SES was also working flat out, responding to 34 calls between Friday morning and Sunday night.

One was for someone stuck in floodwater with the rest relating to building damage, fallen trees and flooding.

Seymour SES controller Christine Welsh said during the weekend 30tonnes of sand went into sandbags which people came to collect as needed, saving the unit valuable call-out time.

‘‘We would like to sincerely thank the community for its efforts in protecting their own houses, properties and businesses, which enabled our crews to attend the more serious or life-threatening incidents such as trees over roads and rescuing persons from flood water, but also for the support and the help provided throughout the three days of the weather event,’’ she said.

‘‘The help with filling sandbags as well as the shares on Facebook of closed roads and places to avoid went a long way to keeping our community safe.’’

Mitchell Shire mayor Rhonda Sanderson said the worst hit areas were around Whiteheads Creek, Seymour and parts of Avenel and Mangalore, while there were also calls for assistance in Tallarook, Broadford and Clonbinane.

Cr Sanderson also said there was 200mm of rain recorded in the Goulburn River catchment at the weekend and council had 10 crews active at the height of the storm as well as engaging specialist drainage and tree removal contractors

‘‘We would like to sincerely thank all our staff, contractors, emergency services, community volunteers and other support agencies for their hard work in preparing and responding to storms and floods that hit the region in the past three days,’’ she said.

‘‘It could have been much worse and we escaped with relatively minor damage compared with our neighbours to the north.’’

Cr Sanderson also said a number of events were cancelled, postponed or relocated, including the opening weekend for council’s outdoor pools.

‘‘We would like to thank our community for its patience in dealing with road closures and, for the most part, heeding advice not to enter flood waters,’’ she said.

“There is still a lot of debris in places and damage to roads, so we urge the community to take care and drive with caution when entering these re-opened areas.

‘‘We will continue the damage assessment and hope to re-open the remainder of the roads soon. You may still see water over the road signs in place while we continue the clean-up — please take care in these areas.

‘‘We’re currently assessing the impact and will be discussing any funding assistance as required.’’

Anyone requiring information about damage to outbuildings and potential impacts on drinking water, septic tanks, mosquitoes, livestock, crops or economic impact can visit emergency.vic.gov.au or phone the Victorian Emergency Hotline on 1800226226.

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