Ryan – Stay alert for floods
30 November 2017
Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is reminding the region to stay alert and listen to advice from emergency services with heavy rain predicted and flood warnings in place across the state.
A flood watch has been issued with up to 250mm of rain predicted in some parts of the north east.
“I urge everyone to stay alert and put their safety first over the next few days,” Ms Ryan said.
“Residents can monitor flood warnings on the Emergency Management website at www.emv.vic.gov.au and request emergency assistance by phoning the State Emergency Service on 132 500.”
Ms Ryan was today briefed by Emergency Services Commissioner Craig Lapsley and SES deputy controller Tim Wiebusch about the weekend ahead.
“The heaviest rain is expected over our region – including the north east, north central and northern country,” Ms Ryan said.
“Emergency services believe the main risks will be flash flooding on Friday and riverine flooding on Saturday.
“The main rivers under flood watch are the Ovens, King, Broken and the Goulburn. The Seven and Castle Creeks are also under flood watch and flooding may occur on the Campaspe River.”
Ms Ryan said it was important people understood their flood risk and planned ahead.
“Please slow down, never drive or walk into flood waters and make sure you stay informed about road closures through the VicRoads website http://traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au/.
“I urge everyone to remain vigilant, drive to the conditions, take extra care on our county roads and where possible delay travel plans until weather conditions have subsided.”