City of Swan flooding
Recent flooding across the City of Swan has caused extensive damage across the Swan Valley and has impacted a number of City parks, reserves and assets.
The City of Swan is holding an information session(PDF, 632KB) for those who have been impacted by recent flooding. It will be held on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at Baskerville Memorial Hall.
The following closures are in place as a result of the flooding:
- Bells Rapids including access road, Brigadoon
- Maali Bridge Park, Henley Brook
- Woodbridge Riverside Playspace, Woodbridge
- First Ave, Woodbridge (partial closure)
What is the City doing?
The City has formed a recovery committee to assess and address the damage as quickly as possible.
The Committee includes key City staff as well as representatives from Government agencies such as the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Police, the Department of Child Protection and Family Services and the Department of Agriculture and Food.
The City's Mayor, Mick Wainwright has also declared the flooding an emergency, which will allow the City to internally assess and address any damage or clean-up as quickly and efficiently as possible.
What assistance is being provided?
Any damage to City assets or infrastructure should be reported to the City on 9267 9267.
The Premier has declared the flooding a natural disaster. As a result affected businesses may be able to apply for Western Australia Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (WANDRRA) assistance. Please go to the Office of Emergency Management's website for more information.
The Department of Fire and Emergency Services is also continuing to monitor the situation and work with communities to lessen the impact. If your home or business has sustained major flood damage that you can’t fix yourself, call the State Emergency Service (SES) assistance line on 132 500. For more information and to stay up to date on the flood situation visit the Emergency WA website.
The Department of Child Protection and Family Services (DCPFS) is the contact point for crisis care. Contact details and more information can be found on the DCPFS website.
While the clean up continues, the City is asking people to stay away from affected waterways and flooded areas. Some waterways are still moving rapidly and continue to pose a safety risk.
It is not advised to swim or play in areas where water has built up as a result of the flooding. This water may contain materials that could pose a health risk.
Increased risk of mosquito activity
The recent rainfall and flooding could increase the number of mosquitoes in affected areas.
As a result the City has ramped up its mosquito control program and the following actions are underway:
- Treatment of standing bodies of water such as drainage basins that are holding unusually high water levels.
- Monitoring of flooded areas to identify high risk breeding areas (which will be treated as appropriate
Even with these additional measures in place, there is still a risk of higher than normal mosquito activity over the next few weeks. The City is asking the community to take the usual precautions of wearing loose fitting long sleeved clothing and using mosquito repellent, particularly in the morning and evening.
There are also some very simple steps that residents can take to stop mosquitoes from breeding in their backyards, such as
- Getting rid of containers which hold water;
- Keeping swimming pools well chlorinated, filtered and free of dead leaves;
- Ensuring the vent pipes on your septic tank systems are fitted with mosquito proof cowls.
- Fitting rainwater tanks with insect-proof mesh, including inlet, overflow and inspection ports.
- Emptying pot plant drip trays once a week or fill them with sand
- Emptying and cleaning animal and pet drinking water weekly.
For more information on mosquitoes and mosquito prevention in the City of Swan visit mosquito page on the City's website or visit the Department of Health's website. Read the City's flooding information sheet(PDF, 2MB) to find out more.