Australia: At 11:43 pm on Thursday evening, October 6, 2016, the State Emergency Service of Victoria (SES) issued an Emergency Warning for a “Sand Quarry Collapse at Wodonga West.”
The warning says a section of the Sand Quarry in Wodonga West (bordered by Edwards Road, Sheathers Road and Goynes Road) has breached leading to extensive flooding into the quarry and potentially into the surrounding area.
Emergency Services do not know exactly what may occur due to the flooding. Technical specialists are working towards making the site safe and reduce further damage.
Residents in the impacted area area have now been evacuated to safer areas and access to the site is restricted. Situated near the swollen Murry River, property owners are anxiously watching flood levels.
The quarry collapse is the latest in a series of flood and storm related emergencies. The entire State off South Australia lost power this week and extensive flooding has hit also impacted Victoria, NSW and Tasmania.
For Wodonga, the SES advises there is no risk to the wider community at this point, although potential impact of the collapse in this area may include:
- Possible damage to buildings and infrastructure caused by floodwater or further collapse.
- Increased activity of emergency vehicles, trucks and other earth moving equipment.
What You Should Do
- Stay aware and alert if you are travelling near the sand quarry area. Don’t get distracted whilst you are driving past.
- Listen to emergency broadcasters: ABC Local Radio, commercial radio and designated radio stations, or SKY NEWS Television.
- For life-threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000).
- For non-life threatening emergencies call SES on 132 500.
- Warning information: www.emergency.vic.gov.au
- Road closures: www.traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au (phone 13 21 70)
- Recovery information: www.emergency.vic.gov.au (phone 1300 799 232)