Wild weather has caused serious flooding in south-west Victoria and Red Cross volunteers are there to help residents as they evacuate their homes.
Wednesday September 14, 2016
Widespread rainfall across Victoria has forced residents from a number of communities to evacuate their homes. Photo: ABC News, Iskhandar Razak
Widespread rainfall across Southwest, North Central and Northern Country Victoria has forced residents from a number of communities to evacuate their homes.
Six relief centres have been set up for residents in Hamilton, Maryborough, Coleraine, Casterton, Skipton and Charlton as of 14th September. More than 20 Red Cross staff and volunteers are in the relief centres to provide support to people forced to leave their homes.
Multiple flood warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology are in place across the region and people in the area are urged to stay aware of changing conditions. Heavy rain with further flooding is expected.
"Over the weekend, Red Cross was put on alert and stand-by in response to heavy rainfall and flooding in Victoria," says Angela Sutherland, Victorian Emergency Services Manager, Australian Red Cross.
"As of today, Red Cross staff and volunteers are in all six relief centres, providing psychological first aid and registration services to people affected by the floods."
If you've been affected by the storms, find out how to clean up after a flood.
To help Red Cross continue to provide valuable assistance to people caught up in disasters across Australia and further afield, you can donate to Red Cross' Disaster Relief and Recovery work. Donations can be made online at redcross.org.au/disaster or by calling 1800 811 700.