It is not uncommon for Australia to experience extreme weather conditions. This year was a mixture of strong winds, hot and dry conditions, heat waves, bushfires and floods all within a short period around the country.
The reality of these destruction and unfortunate events sets in when communities are allowed back into their homes to inspect the damage, for the clean-up to begin and go back to normality.
As the clean-up starts, a simple act of:
- Installing temporary fencing to cordon off disaster areas;
- Clearing of debris prior to installation;
- Inspecting fences that are already in place; or
- Rebuilding damaged fencing;
Can prove to be challenging and risky at times.
Depending on the circumstances, things to consider:
- Flood damage requires considerable attention around areas that are prone to flooding and rethinking of fencing design;
- While inspecting the fence line, observe for sediment, grass and other debris which floodwaters may have washed up onto the fence;
- Be aware that hot, smouldering coals and other potentially hazardous materials may be hidden under the rubble;
- Inspect fencing posts still standing – flooding and standing water can do a lot of hidden damage to a fence such as signs of rot and decay;
- The soil movement may have also dislodged or exposed buried infrastructure assets;
- Underground and overhead assets may have been damaged and deemed unsafe;
- When coming across damaged powerlines, pipes and cables stay clear and contact the affected asset owner immediately;
Dial Before You Dig would like to provide a timely reminder to lodge a FREE enquiry online. If the damage to the infrastructure asset and/or network is life threatening, contact the Emergency Services on 000.
Be aware of the surrounds and recognise any digging or penetrating of the ground has the potential to impact underground services like electrical cables and plumbing, regardless of the type or depth of activity.
Now the clean-up begins. It’s not worth the risk. Know what’s below. Dial Before You Dig.
This article was published in Fencit October 2019 – Rebuilding after a disaster.