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Plan makes Moira Shire flood-ready

Council and SES sign off on flood plans and guides two years after devastating floods.

LAURA HURLEY June 26, 2014 3:56am

Flood safety plan: North East Regional Manager for SES Keith O'Brien and Moira Shire Mayor Peter Mansfield sign the Moira Shire Flood Emergency Plan with SES volunteers Carrie Hawke, John Strava and John Decker


Moira Shire Council has taken the next step in ensuring the shire is flood-ready by officially signing off on a municipal flood plan and the Numurkah and Nathalia flood guides.

Moira Shire Mayor Peter Mansfield and SES north-east regional manager Keith O’Brien signed the documents in Cobram on Monday.

The Moira Shire Flood and Emergency Plan has been under review and enhanced since the damaging 2012 floods.

The new plan becomes operational during a flood, and features improved flood planning and more detailed comprehensive intelligence gained from the 2012 floods.

Mr O’Brien said it was also a highly adaptable document that could be continually updated as new information, flood studies and other intelligence came to hand.

‘‘The Moira Shire’s Municipal Flood Emergency Plan ... now becomes the main source of information, validated and compiled from local knowledge, flood studies and expert flood intelligence and includes pre-planning for flood events in towns across Moira Shire,’’ Mr O’Brien said.

Cr Mansfield said the new plan incorporated information and feedback from extensive community consultation.

‘‘It was important all emergency management agencies, community groups and community members had the chance to provide input and share their local knowledge and observations,’’ he said.

‘‘Other communities in Moira Shire will also have flood pre-plans and community guides developed in the near future including Katamatite, Tungamah, Yarrawonga and Cobram.’’

Another joint initiative between the SES and Moira Shire that was formally adopted on Monday was local flood guides for Numurkah and Nathalia. They have been delivered to each community.

‘‘The local flood guides include similar information as the flood emergency plan but are more community-friendly,’’ Mr O’Brien said.

‘‘Each flood guide contains a map and information about past floods, how to be prepared, what to do and where to find information when floods happen, highlighting the particular issues for each community.’’

The Moira Shire Municipal Flood Plan and the Nathalia and Numurkah local flood guides are available on the Moira Shire and SES websites.

Moira Shire has also made a one-off donation to local SES units.

 

The donations, about $1200 each, are left over from the sale of a flood DVD and a golf day that was run to raise funds for flood recovery.

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