Floods can be devastating for farmers. They can also present a health risk for people and animals. Preparing your farm for flood may help to reduce some of the damage.
Make sure you have a flood plan:
- Have 1-2 weeks of non perishable foods in stock and ensure access to clean drinking water.
- Make sure your insurance covers flood damage
- Store important documents, photos etc in an emergency kit that is waterproof.
- Anchor fuel tanks, relocate waste, chemicals and poisons to high areas
- Relocate pumps to high ground.
- Store electrical tools in highest possible places
- Know the safest routes out if you need to leave
- Investigate building refuge mounds with feed and water storage for livestock in flood prone areas
- Use the flood mound during the year so animals are familiar with it
- Relocate bulls, stallions and rams when flood alerts are issued, as they cannot be held in confined spaces with other stock.
- Prepare early to move animals with young at foot to higher ground.
Pasture and crops:
- Try to minimise planting crops in flood prone areas.
- Investigate which crops can be sown successfully after a flood.
- Floods spread weeds so monitor and control weed growth.
After a flood, seek support, both personal and financial, to help you cope. Contact Centrelink and your local Department of Environment and Primary Industries.