Federal Member for Ballarat, Catherine King, today said a new Creswick Local Flood Guide is an important tool to help all residents and businesses deal with the impact of flooding.
At the launch of the guide today, Ms King congratulated SES staff and volunteers, council officers and Catchment Management Authority representatives who combined to create the guide, which translates flood intelligence into specific, understandable and localised information.
“Local Flood Guides are being created for communities like Creswick which are at a high risk of flooding or have suffered severe flooding in the past,” Ms King said.
“I know that the people of Creswick were devastated by the impact of the floods in 2010 and 2011 and are now even more wary of the potential of flooding.
“They are justifiably seeking all the support they can get to continue to recover from those floods and to reduce the potential impacts of any future flooding.
“This guide, which is targeted at the community, includes practical tips on what to expect from flooding at a local level and how people can prepare themselves.
“I urge everyone in Creswick, whether they are in a flood area or not, to take the time to visit the SES website and familiarise themselves with the Creswick Local Flood Guide.”
Ms King said funding for the Local Flood Guides has been provided through the National Disaster Resilience Grants Scheme and has supported guides for 14 locations across the Grampians region.
“Experience shows that people who are prepared for flood suffer fewer ill effects and are able to bounce back more quickly,” Ms King said.
“I commend the people of Creswick on the resilience they have shown in the wake of the most recent flooding and, with the help of this guide, I am sure they will be well prepared for any similar events in the future.”