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Landslide Warning

Landslide Warning

SES Warns Of Landslides

As the state continues to see the effects of a La Niña weather pattern, Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) continues to prepare for landslides in bushfire affected areas.

The Bureau of Meteorology’s (BOM) summer modelling suggests the La Niña will strengthen and peak in December, and that it will be wetter than average for most of Australia until January. This means an
increased risk of flash flooding, and accompanying landslide risk.

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Flash flooding can happen anywhere if storms bring heavy rain that falls nearby. It is different to riverine flooding in that it comes and goes quickly, while riverine flooding can take hours to days to affect
communities along a floodplain.

The community is urged to continue getting Flood Ready and be on the lookout for landslides - particularly if travelling in fire-affected areas and especially at night after heavy rain.

You need to act quickly if you come across a landslide or a landslide happens nearby that puts the community at risk:

 Call 132 500 for emergency assistance or to report the landslide to VICSES.
 Call Triple Zero (000) in life threatening emergencies.
 Stay away from landslides. Landslide slopes may continue to move for hours to days afterwards.
o If you are outside, move away quickly and keep clear of embankments, trees, powerlines
and poles.
o If you are inside during a landslide, move to the part of the building that is furthest away
from the approaching landslide and take shelter under a table or bench.

 Stay safe by avoiding damaged buildings, fallen trees and powerlines, blocked or damaged
roads. Be aware of other hazards caused by the landslide.
 Stay informed – monitor emergency warnings through the VicEmergency app, website and
hotline 1800 226 226.
 VicTraffic - traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au or 13 11 70

For more information about landslides head to www.ses.vic.gov.au/landslide

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