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Rochester Flood Parliamentary Inquiry

August 24, 2023 8:27 am in by
Photo: Gold Central Victoria

Parliamentary inquiries into the 2022 Rochester floods continue with a former Campaspe Shire mayor involved in making the plans to deal with the floods speaking yesterday.

Leigh Wilson said support systems failed locals during the flood event including; Ambulance Victoria having no active-duty paramedics in town, SES volunteers being so busy defending their homes that only two could go on duty, requests to incident control centers not being actioned and flood predictions proving far too low.

He struggled to hold back tears as he described the first week of the recovery as a lonely experience for those grappling with the emergency response, and paid tribute to the workers and volunteers who did countless back-to-back hours.

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