SES Flood Emergency 132 500
About 600 properties in Victoria’s east will be at the mercy of flood waters during the next two days as huge rainfall and higher-than-normal tides are expected to burst the Gippsland Lakes.
The State Emergency Service expect the floods to be at their worst at 10.30 tonight, threatening homes in towns including Paynesville, Metung, Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance and Sale.
SES deputy chief officer Tim Wiebusch said properties had already been evacuated at Hollands Landing. He said 20 rescues had been performed on people caught driving through flood water.
See warnings from the State Emergency Service for Victoria here.
And a glimpse of the future:
Image taken from The Age showing soldiers laying sandbags at Lakes Entrance. Over the coming decades defence forces will increasing redirected to serve as emergency services and play a crucial role in disaster management.
Defence is likely to be used more frequently in the future to assist in domestic disaster management. There will be larger and more frequent extreme weather events due to climate change; increased vulnerability of the growing populations in coastal developments and in bushfire-prone areas; continual reduction per capita in the number of volunteers and emergency services personnel; and growing community and political expectations to use military resources to support whole-of-government counter-disaster efforts.
We have spent the last 10 years worried about a tiny cadre of terrorists in remote corners of the globe. Little did we know it, but a whole new theater of conflict and disaster opened. All of us are living on the front lines of climate change. The “battle lines” are everywhere.
We just didn’t see it.