Floods can be devastating for farmers. They can also present a health risk for people and animals. Preparing your farm for flood may help to reduce some of the damage.
Make sure you have a flood plan:
- Have 1-2 weeks of non perishable foods in stock and ensure access to clean drinking water.
- Make sure your insurance covers flood damage.
- Store important documents, photos etc in an emergency kit that is waterproof.
- Anchor fuel tanks, relocate waste, chemicals and poisons to high areas.
- Relocate pumps to high ground.
- Store electrical tools in highest possible places.
- Know the safest routes out if you need to leave.
- Investigate building refuge mounds with feed and water storage for livestock in flood prone areas.
- Use the flood mound during the year so animals are familiar with it.
- Relocate bulls, stallions and rams when flood alerts are issued, as they cannot be held in confined spaces with other stock.
- Prepare early to move animals with young at foot to higher ground.
Pasture and crops:
- Try to minimise planting crops in flood prone areas.
- Investigate which crops can be sown successfully after a flood.
- Floods spread weeds so monitor and control weed growth.
After a flood, seek support, both personal and financial, to help you cope. Contact Centrelink and your local Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Victoria).
Floods are a potential danger for people, animals and property. Flash flooding carries the greatest risk of injury or death. Never walk, swim or drive through floodwaters. You can prepare for floods by devising a household emergency plan. Keep an emergency kit handy and never take unnecessary risks during a flood.
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Last updated: 29th January, 2018