Mayor declares emergency as flood clean-up continues
Published on 14 February 2017
Recent flooding across the City has been declared an emergency by City of Swan Mayor Mick Wainwright.
The flooding, which started on Friday February 10, caused extensive damage to a number of vineyards and properties across the Swan Valley, as well as some City parks, reserves and assets.
Mayor Wainwright said the emergency declaration meant the City could internally address the damage and clean-up effort more quickly and efficiently.
“The City is working with a number of agencies to ensure the clean-up and recovery effort is as seamless as possible however the damage is widespread and in some cases quite extensive,” he said.
“The City has a big job ahead of it and this will allow us to get on with the task of securing public health and safety and repairing damage,” he said.
The City has also formed a recovery committee to assess and address the damage.
The Committee includes key City staff as well as representatives from Government agencies such as the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Police and the Department of Agriculture and Food.
Mayor Wainwright said that while the clean-up continues, people should stay away from affected waterways areas.
“Some waterways are still moving very rapidly and continue to pose a safety risk, so we are asking that people refrain from visiting those areas until the flooding has subsided,” he said.
“We are also asking that people do not enter the water under any circumstance as it is not safe to do so.”
A number of parks and reserves across the City will be partially or fully closed until further notice. This includes Fish Market Reserve and
Kings Meadow in Guildford, Middle Swan Reserve, Woodbridge Regional Riverside Park and Bells Rapids.
For more information and to stay up to date on the flood situation visit emergency.wa.gov.au