ADF continues support to flood response (Update 23 October 2022)

Up to 650 ADF personnel are deployed on Operation Flood Assist 22-2 as part of the Australian Government’s response to flooding in Victoria and NSW.

CAPTION: Australian Defence Force personnel assist Shepparton residents affected by the floods in the Victoria region. Photo by Private Tyson Grant.

The ADF continues to work closely with National Emergency Management Australia in monitoring potential floods across the community.

The ADF remains postured to provide additional support to State Emergency Services should a request be received via National Emergency Management Australia.

 

   

Victoria

What has happened?

  • Defence has made available up to 400 personnel to support Victoria’s flood response.
  • Tasks conducted have included: filling and distribution of sandbags, transport support to isolated families and emergency services stakeholders, diversion of water from a small dam and construction of three levees, door knocking to support flood-affected residents, clean up activities, and transport of SES water rescue personnel, Army medics and stores to Shepparton and Echuca via CH-47.

What is happening today?

  • As at October 23, about 350 ADF personnel are supporting local authorities with flood-related tasks across regional Victoria including Kerang, Wangaratta, Rochester, Echuca, Shepparton, Seymour, Bendigo and Barmah.
  • Two CH-47 Chinook helicopters are available to assist with reconnaissance, the evacuation and relocation of communities, lifting and moving heavy equipment, provision and resupply of essential food supplies to isolated communities, and provision of feed and fodder for livestock.

Visit https://www.ses.vic.gov.au/ or https://nema.gov.au/ for support or further information.

 

NSW

What has happened?

  • Defence has made available up to 250 personnel to support the NSW flood response.
  • Two helicopters are providing night-time search and rescue in the Northern Rivers region.

What is happening today?

  • As at October 23 about 100 personnel are assisting in Moree, Dubbo, Condobolin, Deniliquin and Hillston with flood preparations, community engagement and sandbagging.
  • About 100 personnel are assisting flood preparations, community engagement and sandbagging in Northern NSW.
  • About 50 personnel are on standby to assist the Hunter region.

What is happening in the future?

  •  From PM October 24, a third helicopter will be on standby for night-time search and rescue on the South Coast.

Visit https://www.ses.nsw.gov.au/ or https://nema.gov.au/ for support or further information.


 
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