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This newsletter is for the communities in and around the Kiewa, King, Mitta Mitta, Ovens & Upper Murray Rivers. 

Widespread flooding has occurred across North East Victoria. Flood impacts ranging between Minor to Major flooding has occurred in the Ovens and King, Kiewa and Upper Murray River areas. Heavy rain and scattered thunderstorms also led to flash flooding in many areas. 

Fortunately the extreme rainfall predicted did not eventuate. However, we still received significant rainfall: Mt Buffalo about 180 mm, Harris Lane 160 mm, Eurobin about 150 mm, Wangaratta about 60 mm, Mt Hotham 94 mm, Mongans Bridge (Kiewa) 111 mm, Osbornes Flat 130 mm, Harrietville/Bright 140 mm, Mt Buller 182 mm, Tonga Bridge (near Mansfield) 197 mm, Mt Wombat 214 mm, Mt St. Leonard 236 mm and the Strathbogie Ranges 187 mm.

For the area covered by this newsletter, there have been no reports of homes being inundated by floodwater.

For more about what might happen during floods for your community please check out your local VICSES flood guide at www.ses.vic.gov.au/get-ready/your-local-flood-information#local-flood-guides



COMMUNITY MEETINGS:

No further response community meetings are planned, however keep in touch with your local council in relation to recovery meetings or recovery support services for flood affected areas.
RELIEF AND RECOVERY:
If you have any questions about recovering from this flood you should contact your local council in the first instance.

Take photos of any damage and contact your insurance company as soon as possible.

For additional relief and recovery information go to www.emergency.vic.gov.au/relief. 

Alpine Shire:  For all relief and recovery inquires including agriculture and livestock please contact the Alpine Shire recovery team on phone 0448 835 195 for further information.   
Sandbags: Alpine Shire council (ph 5755 0555) has arranged for the free disposal of contaminated (wet by floodwater) sandbags. Note: this free disposal does not include other flood damaged items.  
Used bags can be taken to any of councils transfer stations: 
  • Porepunkah: Roberts Creek Rd (Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun between 10am-2pm), 
  • Mt Beauty: Maddisons Lane (Tu 10-4 Thu/Sat/Sun 10am-2pm), 
  • Myrtleford: Morrisons Lane (Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun 10am-3pm)

Rural City of Wangaratta:  For all relief and recovery inquiries including agriculture and livestock please phone 0407 598 630, visit the website www.wangaratta.vic.gov.au/council/news/floodwarning.asp
Sandbags: contaminated (wet by floodwater) sandbags can be dropped off at the Sandford Rd transfer station.

Towong Shire: For all relief and recovery inquiries including agriculture and livestock please phone 0419 624 021 and check Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/towong.shire.council/   for further information. 
Spoilt food after the power blackout:
Contact the council for pick up of any spoilt food for disposal. 

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 .         
Financial support:

Financial support can reduce stress and help you recovery faster from an emergency.

To find out if you are eligible for financial support go to Personal Hardship Assistance Program or phone 1300 799 232
HEALTH INFORMATION: 
  • If your home has been flooded, dry out and clean your home or business straight away.
  • Have all electrical and gas equipment professionally tested before use. 

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT:  
  • The Department of Health and Human Services offer a range of support services including personal, emotional, psychological and financial assistance.   
  • For information about the support available to you please visit www.recovery.vic.gov.au or call the Victorian Emergency Recovery Information Line on 1300 799 232.
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 or www.lifeline.org.au
  • Beyond Blue 1300 224 636 or www.beyondblue.org.au 
  • Kids Help line 1800 551 800 or www.kidshelpline.com.au 
  • SANE Australia 1800 187 263 or www.sane.org.au   
ROAD INFORMATION   
  • Information on updated road closures is available via 13 11 70 or the VicRoads website www.vicroads.vic.gov.au 
  • If you come across a flooded road turn around and go back, call VicRoads and notify them. 

This message was issued by State Emergency Service.

Recovery contacts: 
Stay informed: 
  • For flood and storm emergency assistance call 132 500.  
  • Stay Informed  monitor local conditions and be aware of the situation.
  •   Tune into your emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated community radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television.
  •   Ensure your family members and neighbours are aware of the situation.
  •   Floodwater is dangerous  never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
  •   Floodwater is toxic  never play or swim in floodwater.
  •      Check for the latest warnings and advice messages at www.emergency.vic.gov.au VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226