New flood guide available to Rochester

THE SES is putting out a new flood guide for residents of Rochester, two years after its biggest floods on record.

The Flood Guide for Rochester will be delivered to each household in the area to help give residents a basic understanding of the steps they can take to prepare for future floods.

Rochester SES unit controller Judith Gledhill said after the floods of January 2011, it was clear that preparation and forward thinking was the best option.

She said in the case of another major flood emergency, volunteers couldn’t be everywhere.

“We don’t have a lot of time when Rochester is threatened by floods, so it’s vital that everyone is properly prepared for the worst,” she said.

“Having a plan is vital.”

The Rochester Local Flood Guide will provide residents with information on how floods work and how flooding has impacted their neighbourhood in the past, as well as the types of information and warnings they could 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, February 22, to discuss questions regarding the Local Flood Guide and emergency preparation, and also on Saturday, February 23, from 10am to 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, February 23.

The guide has been created in partnership with the Shire of Campaspe and the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

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