Posted on 06. Sep, 2010 in News

The Premier, John Brumby, today announced that the Victorian Government had activated emergency relief grants for people affected by flooding across the State.

Mr Brumby said people who are unable to return to their homes and require financial assistance to meet basic needs could be eligible for emergency assistance grants of up to $1067.

Mr Brumby also said that Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Bob Cameron, had activated means tested personal hardship grants. These grants of up to $26,000 are to assist people whose homes have suffered significant structural damage, loss of contents and for extended temporary accommodation.

“Many communities and individuals across the State have been affected by flooding from heavy rain over this weekend.

“Our State’s emergency services – especially the Victorian State Emergency Service and Victoria Police – have been working around the clock to provide assistance to people affected by or under threat from flooding.

“On behalf of the Government and the State of Victoria, I thank our emergency services volunteers and workers for their professionalism and hard work over this difficult period.

“The Victorian Government is providing emergency relief grants to ensure people affected by these floods are provided with adequate shelter and have their living needs met in the short term.”

Mr Cameron said that people suffering flood or rain inundation they should call the SES for immediate assistance on 132 500.

The Minister for Community Services, Lisa Neville, said local government, the Department of Human Services and Red Cross had people working in flood affected areas to help provide assistance and praised State Emergency Service personnel and other emergency workers for their efforts.

“Emergency relief centres have now been established in Bright, Creswick and Euroa. But for updated information, people should contact their local councils or call the Storm and Flood Information Line on 1300 842 737.”

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The Insurance Council and its members have activated general insurance industry arrangements for the coordination of the recovery effort for insured constituents. A 24hr hotline has been established by the Insurance Council to answer any concerns or questions from the community and to assist with lost insurance documentation. The hotline number is 1300 728 228. Insurance information for consumers concerning the claims process and flood insurance, that may be of use can be found at:

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