Funds for flood victims

INUNDATED: Flood victims will finally get some relief as state government plans to donate emergency relief funds to flood affected areas.

INUNDATED: Flood victims will finally get some relief as state government plans to donate emergency relief funds to flood affected areas.

The state government has announced plans to donate emergency relief funds totaling $3200 to victims across flood affected areas in the Northern Grampians shire.

It comes after heavy rainfall across the region brought flash flooding and caused rivers to peak.

Stawell, Ararat and Mount William have all recorded rainfall levels above the September average.

Lowan MP Emma Kealy welcomed the funding as a huge relief to those affected by the flood waters and wild weather. 

“The emergency release packages will aid people in a critical situation, people who are in need of food and emergency clothing and it’s wonderful to see them get that support,” she said.

“I am incredibly proud of this country and the way we all find a way to chip in during a crisis, it’s great to see and it doesn’t go unnoticed.

“The cleanup process will involve a lot of work, there are risks of land slippages in the Grampians so we want parks cleared until they are safe for people to use especially since the school holidays have just begun.”

Northern Grampians Shire council candidate Jason Hosemans said the government assistance is wonderful to see and the next step will be assessing the damage.

“The funding is very welcome for those who can’t get to their homes and I encourage anyone affected to apply to access the funding,” he said.

“We won’t know the extent of the damage until the water subsides, but the current situation is comparable to that of 2010 when the flood water levels were at similar heights.

“At that time the damage bill was around $3 million.”

With more rain predicted to fall on Tuesday night forecasters are encouraging residents in the Northern Grampians shire to stay updated with weather and flood warnings.

Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Chris Godfred said the region can expect 15-30 millimetres with potential for flash flooding in isolated parts.

“The rain to come will not improve the current situation, flood warnings are still current so we encourage residents to stay prepared and keep updated,” he said. 

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