FRV responds to state-wide flooding and weather emergency

Thursday, 13 October 2022 at 10:37 pm

Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) has deployed fire and rescue crews across Victoria in response to the significant flooding and weather event.  Firefighters and personnel are on the ground in regional and rural Victoria including Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Wodonga.

FRV has deployed swift water rescue specialists, impact assessment teams, ground intelligence and remote piloted aircraft systems (drone) teams which are working in partnership with Victoria Police, CFA and SES to respond to the flooding and weather incidents.

Fire Rescue Commissioner Ken Block said FRV has been preparing for these incidents following the prediction of severe weather over the past few days.

“Our regional and rural communities have been greatly impacted by the weather this week with heavy rain causing a number of issues across the state.” Commissioner Block said.

“FRV crews are responding to these incidents and are doing everything possible to support our communities and fellow emergency service agencies during this time.”

“Crews are currently on scene in Maribyrnong with the banks of the Maribyrnong River breaking and flooding due to heavy overnight rain,” Commissioner Block said.

“Over 100 houses have been inundated by flood waters in Maribyrnong with FRV crews supporting VicSES and Victoria Police with a number of rescues at this location.” Our crews are well-prepared for the array of scenarios they may face in flood-affected communities. We urge residents to be prepared for moderate to heavy rainfall with some areas prone to flash and riverine flooding over the next few days.”

“‘Our thoughts are with all Victorians and communities being impacted by these events’.