26 September 2023

VICSES calls State to be ready for summer

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Victorians are being advised and urged to prepare for floods and severe storms in the forthcoming high-risk weather season.

Leading the call, the Chief Officer of Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES), Tim Wiebusch said VICSES had already begun its preparations and was anticipating another wetter-than-average season in some parts of the State.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast above median rainfall through Spring, with the period August to October likely to be above median much of Victoria,” Mr Wiebusch said.

“Now is time for individuals, families and communities to start thinking about preparedness – for storms and floods – ahead of spring and summer,” he said.

“As we get ready for Spring, we are already seeing severe weather pass through the State, with hailstorms, heavy rain and strong winds affecting parts of Western and South West Victoria overnight.”

Mr Wiebusch said VICSES volunteers received over 120 requests for assistance on Tuesday this week (29 August), largely in relation to hail damage and flooding in Mildura, Horsham and Portland.

He reminded communities to prepare for severe weather now, and to understand their local risk.

“Ensure you have a plan in place and start conversations with your family and household to discuss options in the event of a storm or flood event,” the Chief Officer said.

“Its vital (that) Victorians ensure to never drive on flooded roads,’ he said.

“It can take just 15cm of water to float a small car.

“The single biggest cause of flood related fatalities in this country is people in their vehicles.

“Driving through Flood Waters could be the last decision you make.”

Further information on preparing for flood can be accessed at this PS News link.

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