Opinion

Heed weather warnings

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December 02, 2017

Victoria could face a messy and dangerous weekend with heavy rain and thunderstorms due to hit the state.

Yesterday the warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology were for severe thunderstorms, damaging winds and large hailstones across north Victoria.

But with the weather changing fast, it is best to get online or listen to the radio for up-to-date weather warnings. Things can change quickly.

If it is a bad weekend, people should take special notice of the warnings that emergency services and government routinely give out during severe weather events.

Hundreds or thousands of volunteers could be giving up their free time this weekend to help people out in a bad situation and we should do everything we can to make it a bit easier for them.

If the rain is heavy, there is a real possibility that many major and minor roads could be cut.

Yesterday Thompson St behind the showgrounds in Shepparton was cut after a short amount of very heavy rain.

A road that is cut off by flood water can be deceptive.

Drivers often see the level of the water and believe it is low enough, or their car is powerful enough, to make it through.

It can only take a short amount of time to get in serious trouble in flood water.

If flood water does cut off streets and cause damage, then the last thing emergency workers need is dozens of curious onlookers coming along to have a look at the damage.

As hard as it is to resist the urge of curiosity, sometimes it is better to sit back and let the professionals (or highly skilled and qualified volunteers) do their jobs without interference.

Shepparton has been through severe weather events before and it will go through severe weather events again.

It is a close-knit community, but with nearby waterways the impact of rising water and heavy rain can be keenly felt.

Keep up to date with severe weather information. There are great resources on radio and online that are updated regularly during extreme events.

And most importantly, stay safe.

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