FloodSafe for rural areas

Flooding near Brewarrina Western NSW


Approximately 28% of the land area of New South Wales is subject to flooding. According to the Australian Water Resources Council, rural losses in terms of average annual actual damages are approximately equal to that of total urban losses.

The effects of flooding on rural property owners include losses to livestock, crops, fencing, buildings, personal items, farm equipment and machinery. While damage to crops and fences is usually unavoidable, there is the potential to reduce losses particularly of livestock, irrigation equipment, houses and sheds.

As a rural property owner or manager you may have experienced many floods. It is important to be aware that larger floods than those previously experienced can occur in your area.

Even if your property is not directly affected by flooding, you may be isolated and require assistance such as the supply of essential items and feed for livestock. While in many cases evacuation will not be necessary, you should consider evacuation as an option if severe flooding is predicted. Deciding to remain in your home when it is inundated or surrounded by floodwater can be dangerous.

Flooding may last for weeks. Your home may become a refuge for vermin, snakes and spiders. There may be no water, sewerage, power, telephone or other services for several weeks and you may be unable to call for help in an emergency.











The NSW SES has developed a Rural Properties FloodSafe Guidefor information and advice on floods in rural and remote properties in NSW including:

Before it floods

  • Listen to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Lift household items and farm equipment on to benches and tables placing electrical goods on top
  • Secure objects that are likely to float and cause damage
  • Locate important papers, valuables and mementoes
  • Put them in your Emergency Kit and take them with you when you evacuate
  • Check sheds and outbuildings and relocate waste containers, chemicals and poisons well above floor level
  • Check if your neighbours need help
  • Locate and prepare pets for possible evacuation
  • If isolation is likely, have sufficient non-perishable food, essential medications fuel and other necessities to last two weeks. Do not forget pet food and stockfeed
  • Move livestock to high ground where they can be provided with feed for the duration of the flood
  • Relocate fodder supplies to high ground
  • Move farm equipment and relocate pumps to high ground

During a flood

  • Never enter floodwater
  • Keep listening to your local radio station for information, updates and advice
  • Keep in contact with your support person and follow your Home FloodSafe Plan
  • Be prepared to evacuate if advised
  • If able, stack your possessions on benches and tables, placing electrical items at the top
  • Locate and prepare pets for possible evacuation

Assistance for animals

Industry and Investment NSW may provide assistance for pets and companion animals.

If you need to evacuate, take your pets with you. Ensure they are caged or leashed.

More information is available from www.dpi.nsw.gov.au

Related pages


Watch the NSW SES Rural FloodSafe Community Service Announcement below that advises what to do to prepare for floods and possible isolation: