What should I do after the flood?

Avoid entering floodwaters. Unpredictable currents and submerged hazards can be very dangerous.

If you must enter floodwaters, wear solid shoes, not thongs or bare feet, and check the depth and current with a stick. Stay away from drains, culverts and water that is more than knee deep.

Inside

  • Check your home for damage to windows, walls or the roof.
  • For emergency assistance call your local State Emergency Service (132 500).
  • If you are returning to your home, make sure the electricity and gas are off before going inside. Use a torch until you are sure there is no gas around.
  • Never use petrol or diesel-powered equipment (such as a generator or pump) in an enclosed space
  • Check that your neighbours are OK.
  • Look out for spiders, snakes and other animals that may have moved inside to escape the flood.

Appliances

  • When you return to your home after a flood, do not use any electrical appliances which were flooded, and do not handle any wet electrical equipment.
  • Do not try to replace circuit fuses or switch on power to wiring or equipment which has been flooded until the electrical installation is thoroughly dry and has been checked by a licensed electrical contractor.
  • Gas appliances and gas bottles should be inspected by a qualified technician and cleaned to prevent a gas explosion or fire.
  • Check your smoke detectors are still working.

Outside

  • Beware of fallen powerlines, damaged trees and flooded creeks.
  • Keep children away from flood waters.
  • Avoid entering floodwaters. Unpredictable currents and submerged hazards can be very dangerous.
  • If you must enter floodwaters, wear solid shoes, not thongs or bare feet, and check the depth and current with a stick. Stay away from drains, culverts and water that is more than knee-deep.
  • Do not drive until you know it is safe.
  • Look out for snakes and other animals.
Page Updated: Thursday 8 November 2012