Australia — ADF assistance to Victorian floods

The Aus­tralian Defence Force (ADF) con­tin­ues to sup­port the State Emer­gency Ser­vice (SES) response to the Vic­to­ri­an floods in the Shep­par­ton region.

About ten spe­cial­ist vehi­cles and around 55 ADF per­son­nel based at the Puck­a­pun­yal Army Base assist­ed yes­ter­day in the prepa­ra­tion and deliv­ery of sand­bags to the affect­ed areas, and pro­vid­ed flood infor­ma­tion to residents. 

The com­man­der of the Aus­tralian troops on the ground, Major David Jones, says his team’s efforts have been well received in the community. 

“The vol­un­teers from the SES are doing a great job prepar­ing for the rise in the water lev­el and every­one seems to be appre­cia­tive of the response so far,” Major Jones said. 

“Our role here is real­ly just to boost the capac­i­ty of the SES in those man­pow­er inten­sive jobs, such as fill­ing sand­bags and knock­ing on doors.” 

“Our vehi­cles will also be use­ful should we need to evac­u­ate peo­ple from hard to reach areas that civil­ian vehi­cles can not get to.” 

The lead Com­mon­wealth agency for the flood response, Emer­gency Man­age­ment Aus­tralia, has fore­cast the ADF assis­tance will be required until at least 9 Sep­tem­ber 2010. 

Media con­tact: Defence Media Liai­son: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664 

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Australia 

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