Letter to the Editor - Communities united to prepare for floods

Tuesday 12 December 2017  

Thank you to all involved in preparing our communities for the forecast major rain events recently.

Today I spoke in Parliament about the united effort of Ovens Valley communities in preparing for the predicted deluge.

The SES, CFA and all volunteers worked together to ensure Cobram, Yarrawonga, Wangaratta, Myrtleford and Bright were well prepared.

Myrtleford came the closest to a major event with 125mm of rain on the Friday night and an expected further 100mm predicted on the Saturday night.

This galvanised the town into action with sand bags filled and distributed throughout Myrtleford.

Thankfully the forecast 100mm turned into 25mm and a major flood event was averted, however you can only admire the teamwork from those communities to prepare for the worst case scenario.

A huge thank you to all service clubs, including the Myrtleford Lions club which responded late Saturday night, as well as to all volunteers.

I simply do not know where we would be if not for our volunteers.

Regards, 

Tim McCurdy

Member for Ovens Valley

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