If you have any questions about recovering from this flood, you can also phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or visit www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief.
After a flood:
- Do not approach wild or stray animals. For advice about dealing with animals contact your local council, animal shelter or vet. Watch out for snakes.
- For urgent animal welfare issues phone Agriculture Victoria on 136 186 or your local vet.
- Roads and Bridges; Damage caused by flooding may still exist in your area. Please report damaged roads or bridges to your local council.
For more information on road closures go to traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au.
- Low lying caravan and camping grounds may still be flooded.
- Stagnant water can be harmful to your health. Don’t swim, drink or wash in stagnant water.
Remove pets and other animals that have diedas soon as possible. For advice on safe disposal speak to your local council or vet.
For further advice contact the Environment Health Unit at Department of Health And Human Services on 13000 761 874.
Mosquitoes: Rain and flooding may lead to an increase in mosquito numbers as water subsides and puddles form.
In Victoria some mosquitoes can carry diseases such as Ross River virus or Barmah Forest virus, which can be passed on to people through mosquito bites.
Things to do to avoid mosquito bites: Wear long pants, socks and long-sleeved shirts, and apply an insect repellent containing N, N-diethylmtoluamide (DEET) or pircaridin to your skin. Follow the directions on the repellent’s product label. Take care when using repellents on small children. Avoid parts of children’s hands that may touch their eyes or mouth.
To help control mosquito populations around your home: If practical, drain any water left standing outdoors in open containers such as flowerpots, unused tins, tyres or buckets. Change your pet’s drinking water regularly. Mosquitoes can breed rapidly in stagnant water and become a nuisance. Take precautions to control mosquitoes around your home .