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SES urges Victorians to prepare for a wet weekend

Published 03/06/2016

Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is urging Victorians to remain vigilant and prepared for the possibility of flooding this weekend, particularly those living in the far eastern parts of the state.

The Bureau of Meteorology has predicted rain and possible thunderstorms on Saturday with rainfalls of 20-40mm in the far east and 5-15mm in the east. Less than 5mm of rain has been forecast for central areas including Melbourne.

Rain will persist across eastern Victoria overnight and into Sunday with the possibility of 50 – 100 mm falling in east Gippsland that could result in flooding.

VICSES Chief Officer Operations Trevor White encourages Victorians to take the lead in preparing for their safety.
“There are some easy way to prepare yourself, your home, your family and your business for the threat of floods and storms.”

“Tasks like cleaning your gutters, preparing a home emergency kit, securing outdoor furniture or even just taking the time to think about what you and your family will do if an emergency occurs can make a big difference.”

“It’s important to stay informed about your local situation and not depend on others to keep you safe,” he said.

“If you require assistance during a flood or storm call SES on 132 500. If you know your neighbours are vulnerable, check on them if it is safe to do so. If your emergency is life threatening call Triple Zero (000).”

For tips on how to prepare for floods and storms, go to the VICSES website ses.vic.gov.au. For emergency information and warnings go to the VicEmergency website emergency.vic.gov.au.