Parts of NSW and Queensland were recently hit by devastating floods. The floods in NSW have been described as unprecedented and chaotic due to the sheer scale of the area affected, stretching almost 600kms from Sydney to the Northern Rivers. The devastation and loss are unimaginable.
Similarly, in Queensland, flood waters have caused immense chaos with damage to property and infrastructure. The dangers lurking in flood waters also pose a threat as snakes, vermin, spiders, toxins and potentially sewage lurk in the muddy waters. Thousands in both states have been evacuated to safety or advised to seek higher ground.
As flood waters ease, the reality of the devastation kicks in, as the damage to property, businesses and infrastructure assets are assessed. Asset owners are eager to repair damaged networks but access to infrastructure assets have been hindered due to damaged roads and bridges.
It is understandable that people will want to return to their homes to commence the clean up and rebuild. However, it is important to note that safety must come first. Infrastructure networks have been damaged, live wires may still be live, the possibility of electrocution is real. If the damage to the infrastructure asset and/or network is life threatening, contact the Emergency Services on 000.
Flood waters can be dangerous and contaminated therefore, first and foremost ensure it is safe to return to your property.
Upon returning, depending on the circumstances, things to consider include:
- If you see damaged or fallen powerlines, pipes or cables contact the affected asset owner immediately.
- Soil movement may have also dislodged or exposed infrastructure assets, report it to the affected asset owner immediately.
- Check for gas or water leaks. If there any strange odours or hissing noises, leave the premises immediately. A sign of gas leaking is often the smell of rotten eggs.
- Do not use gas or electricity unless you have been advised by the asset owner that it is safe to do so.
- Be careful of trees; branches may fall, and tree roots may have loosened, dislodging the tree.
- 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.
- Only use licenced or registered tradespeople and who are members of their association.
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Now the clean-up begins. It’s not worth the risk. Know what’s below and stay safe.