Community Information

Flood Information

Australia has a history of floods, causing devastating human and economic impact.

Floods are a natural process influenced largely by the weather and driven by the amount of rainfall and length of time it falls. After heavy rainfall, rivers, creeks and catchments may overflow this type of flooding is most common in Australia and is known as riverine flooding.

Western Australia (WA) is the largest state in Australia with a vast range of climatic conditions and seasonal changes that influence and increase the potential for flooding.

If you live in a flood prone region, then you need to prepare for the possibility of a flood endangering you, your family and impacting your property, even isolating you from the community and essential services.

Most household insurances policies do not provide flood cover so you also need to be prepared emotionally and financially. Start to weigh up the possibility of flooding where you live and prepare your family and home to minimise the risk and ensure their safety.

Using sandbags will not stop the water completely but can reduce the amount of water entering your home. During low level flooding, sandbags placed in the right locations around your home can reduce the impact of flooding. As little as 25 sandbags can reduce the damage to your home built on a slab. It is not necessary to place a sandbag wall around your house to provide protection.
Sandbags or similar products can be purchased from many hardware or garden supply stores. During times of imminent deluge, hessian bags can be collected from your local SES.

Listed below are a few links you can visit for further information

 

Prepare for Flooding

Flood Information Publications