City of Swan flooding

Flooding across the City of Swan in February and March caused extensive damage across the Swan Valley and impacted a number of City parks, reserves and assets.

Download the latest flood information update(PDF, 2MB) (Tuesday, February 28, 2017)

Download the latest update on mosquito activity and prevention(PDF, 5MB) (Wednesday, March 8, 2017)

Please note, the following closure is still in place as a result of the flooding:

Parks closed:

  • Maali Bridge Park, Henley Brook

What is the City doing?

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The City formed a recovery committee to assess and address the damage as quickly as possible which 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 also declared the flooding an emergency, which has allowed the City to internally assess and address any damage or clean-up as quickly and efficiently as possible.

What assistance is being provided? 

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.

Any further damage to City assets or infrastructure should be reported to the City on 9267 9267.

Category C Recovery Grant for Primary Producers

Additional measures are now available for primary producers in the Local Government Areas (LGA’s) of Lake Grace, Ravensthorpe and Swan who were severely affected by flooding in January and February 2017.

The rainfall and flooding event resulted in considerable damage to farm business and primary producers who suffered direct damage as a result of the event are eligible to apply for a grant for the clean-up and immediate restoration costs. Primary producers located in the Lake Grace or Ravensthorpe LGA’s are eligible for up to $10,000 and primary producers in the Swan LGA are eligible for up to $25,000.

The grant is not intended to reduce incentives for primary producers to ensure they have adequate suitable insurance/industry compensation funds coverage against damage from hazards and consequent disruptions to business continuity.   Applicants are required to claim on insurance/industry compensation funds where available.

The payment of any assistance can only occur if a detailed tax invoice, evidence of payment (including bank statement and/or detailed receipt) for cost of damages incurred is produced. The cut-off date for lodging applications and tax invoices, bank statements and/or receipts will be midnight 4 December 2017.

Further information including the online application process is available at www.agric.wa.gov.au/wandrra or by calling 1800 198 231 between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

More information on eligibility(DOCX, 17KB) .

 

Safety first

While the clean up continues, the City is asking people to stay away from affected areas.

Increased risk of mosquito activity

The increased rainfall and flooding has the potential to increase the number of mosquitoes in affected areas.

The Citywill continue to:

  • Treat standing bodies of water (such as drainage basins) that are holding unusually high water levels.
  • Monitor areas affected by flooding and treat any high risk breeding areas as appropriate.

The City is asking the community to continue 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 can be taken to stop mosquitoes from breeding in 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.