While annual preparations are underway to minimise the threat of bushfire to our region, the Ararat Rural City Council is also planning for potential summer floods.
With La Nina causing higher-than-average rainfall, chief executive Dr Tim Harrison council staff are working tirelessly to clear waterways and drains.
"Works staff regularly clean our waterways, drains and catchments to reduce the pressure on our drainage systems," he said.
"The works team also have completed a range of projects to assist with drainage on our local roads.
"The team also completed drainage projects in the region, such as on Laby Street, which is already seeing a benefit. These works will improve the water flow and allow our infrastructure to cope with floods better."
There are a range of things the community can do to minimise flood risks in our region. One of the most considerable threats to our waterways is human waste such as plastics; these block our waterways and greatly increase the risk of flooding."
The chief executive said residents could also ensure their property is prepared for a flood, such as cleaning gutters and removing any waste or debris that could block drainage in heavy rainfall.
"We greatly encourage the community to prepare and plan for fire and flood emergencies," he said.
"We need to remember that even with the La Nina event this year, fire is still a risk through our summer season."
The Emergency Management Team is working with the community to ensure that all those who are at risk of flood and other emergencies are prepared.
A range of resources are available to assist with planning and can be found on our website, www.ararat.vic.gov.au.
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