Another country hit by horrific flood disasters received a helping hand from Italy, with special barriers arriving Thursday.
Four kilometers of DefenCell barriers have been sent to flood, and an additional 400,000 sandbags are also expected to land in the coming days.
The additional support is part of the $4.9 million flood protection package announced Sunday, in addition to the existing commitment of $9.1 million to build new dams and repair existing ones.
South Australian Premier Peter Malinouskas said the government is doing everything it can to ensure that people living in areas at risk of flooding have access to the resources they need over the next few months.
“Additional DefenCell barriers and additional sandbags expected in the coming days will help protect infrastructure that is critical to regional communities,” said Mr. Malinouskas.
On Thursday, the expected flow into the Murray River was at a high probability of 175 Gt/d before the start of December.
As precipitation is expected to increase rapidly over the coming weeks, this flow is likely to increase to at least 185 GL per day, with a potential of up to 220 gL per day.
The South Australian state government is urging river communities to consider high flows and incoming rain as a factor for road closures, ferries, reduced power supplies and other services in the area.
On Tuesday, the government announced a $451.6 million financial aid package for flood-affected communities, with individual emergency grants for personal hardships of up to $400 for individuals or $1,000 per family.
“We have moved quickly to create disaster funding for those already dealing with the additional water flowing into the river, as well as those who may be affected in the coming weeks,” said Mr. Malinouskas.
State Police Commissioner Grant Stevens also declared the disaster a major emergency under the Emergency Management Act, with former Chief Inspector Alex Zimmerman appointed as recovery coordinator.
Emergency Services Minister Joe Zaczach said authorities did not want to alert people unnecessarily, but residents should be careful when they appear.
People should continue to prepare themselves and their property as best they can for the time we are gone. “It is important that people remain vigilant and take advice from the authorities,” said Mr. Zakas.
“I encourage people to use the SES hotline and other government websites to keep up to date with the latest information and to call 0–if they are in an emergency.”
Sandbags were originally posted as berms, before heavy rains