Wimmera storm watch: emergency services ready to respond

The Wimmera River in Horsham on Friday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI
The Wimmera River in Horsham on Friday. Picture: SAMANTHA CAMARRI

STATE Emergency Services crews will monitor Wimmera waterways and towns this week after rain across the region.

SES mid-west operations manager Kendra Clegg said the service remained on flood watch at the weekend and was ready to act if needed.

"We were watching Natimuk and Halls Gap, as they can flood," she said. 

"We had sandbags ready to go.”

Ms Clegg praised the efforts of Wimmera councils, emergency services and GWMWater for their preparedness. 

"GWMWater released water from the Wartook resevoir, which was at full capacity," she said. 

"The forecast was for possible flash flooding, so there was a lot of work to prepare.

β€œThe time and effort put in by everyone has been fantastic.

"The community has been very concerned – it has been a strange event.

"The rain can have an impact in days to come.

"We are watching that the Wimmera River doesn't flood. It could also affect storm drains into mid-week." 

Ms Clegg urged residents not to get complacent and to always act responsibly and safely in wet weather.

"We can never emphasise enough how important it is that individuals and households understand the risk of the area that they are in to storms, floods or fire," she said. 

"If you are driving when the weather turns severe, drive to the conditions – turn of the cruise control, drive safely and stay alert."