Floodwaters are very dangerous and can threaten your home and community.
While floodwater can sometimes take time to reach you, if flash flooding occurs then it happens very quickly and can take you by surprise.
You should expect floodwater to be deep, have strong currents and sharp objects that can injure or trap you. Floodwaters can also contain toxic waste, chemicals and dangerous animals.
If you choose to shelter in your home, it is very important that you first know the risks, understand what you may experience and follow these steps:
Even if you have planned well, life threatening situations can still happen. Your shelter could be damaged, or someone could become ill or injured. For life threatening emergencies call 000.
Emergency responders will try to come to your aid. However, there may be delays due to the dangerous conditions.
Once the flood risk has passed and the warning has been cancelled, you can leave your shelter, but you must do so with caution and follow all of the safety advice in the alert.
Your property may be damaged and unsafe. Call the State Emergency Service on 132 500 for assistance.
Only return home when authorities tell you it’s safe. If you’re returning to your home, follow the routes recommended.
DFES will provide flood warning updates as the information changes.
Always have your battery powered radio with you and listen for emergency broadcasts on local ABC Radio.