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Rochester Local Flood Guide available

Published 18/02/2013

A new Local Flood Guide for Rochester will be delivered to each household in the area from Monday 18 February 2013.

The document aims to provide residents with a basic understanding of the steps they can take to prepare in the event of future flooding in the Rochester area.

The Guide has been created by Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) in partnership with the Campaspe Shire Council and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

SES Community Resilience Coordinator Jemma Nesbit-Sackville said the guide included specific, local information that would prove invaluable both before and during an emergency.

“Our experience shows that people who are prepared for flooding suffer fewer ill effects and bounce back more quickly,” she said.

Rochester SES Unit Controller Judith Gledhill agrees that preparation and forward thinking is the best option.

“SES volunteers work tirelessly to support the Rochester community in any emergency, but we can’t be everywhere. We don’t have a lot of time when Rochester is threaten by flood, so it’s vital that everyone is properly prepared for the worst, and the best way to do that is by reading your Local Flood Guide and seeking out emergency information. Having a plan is vital.”

The Rochester Local Flood Guide provides residents with information on how flooding works and how flooding has impacted their neighbourhood in the past, as well as the types of information and warnings they can expect both before and during a flood.

Residents will also learn how they can prepare an Emergency Kit and Plan, what to do both before and after a flood and who they can contact for assistance and information, including how the SES can and will help.

SES volunteers and staff will be on hand in the evening at the Rochester Show on Friday 22 February 2013 to discuss any questions regarding the Local Flood Guide and emergency preparedness, and also on Saturday 23 February 2013 between 10am and 12 noon in Gillies Street.

All current local flood guides, including the Rochester guide, can be found in our FloodSafe section or a copy can be collected from Bakers Newsagency in Rochester after Saturday 23 February.