Mayor thanks emergency services, Council staff, for downpour support

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter has thanked emergency service crews and Council staff for their support throughout last weekend’s heavy downpour.

Councillor Porter said emergency service crews and Council staff had worked around the clock to ensure roads and homes were safe throughout the torrential weather. 

“We are so thankful to emergency personnel who worked hard to support the community across the weekend,” Cr Porter said.

“Many thanks also to Council staff who supported emergency crews and were on standby to provide assistance.

“It’s reassuring to know that Council staff were prepared to open a community respite centre, which luckily was not required.

“We are very fortunate to report that overall, damage has been very minimal and Council received only a handful of calls for assistance across the weekend.

“An area of concern was Sunbury’s Spavin Dam spillway where overflow was reported.

“As a precaution, local SES and Council officers undertook a doorknock of surrounding houses – fortunately flooding did not worsen and there was no requirement for residents to evacuate.

“Council also took other precautions over the weekend and postponed Hume Carols by Candlelight and Hume Clean Day.

“Council followed the advice of emergency services authorities that it would be unsafe to proceed with both these events in light of the severe weather forecast.

“We know that both events are much loved by the community, so we are pleased to advise that we have been able to reschedule both Hume Clean Day and Hume Carols by Candlelight for this Saturday, 9 December.”

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Posted on 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017

Updated : 6:29 PM, 5 December 2017

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