Flood and Storm Emergencies

Resources and information for residents



Flood and Storm Emergencies

Warning systems

The Victoria State Emergency Service and the Bureau of Meteorology work together to warn the community about storms. Severe thunderstorm and severe weather warnings for Victoria can be found on the:

VicEmergency website  

Bureau of Meteorology website  

Severe Weather Warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology when the predicated weather conditions are likely to endanger life or property. Not all warnings eventuate into dangerous conditions however Victoria SES advises that community members take every warning seriously. The consequences of not preparing for a storm can be far greater than the inconvenience of being over prepared.

Floodsafe

Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) is the control agency for flooding in Victoria, which means that they are responsible for planning for floods, and for managing flood response if they do occur.

Victoria has a long history of flooding, and is home to many flood-prone communities. Floods cost Victorians an average of $465 million every year, and can cause significant damage to homes, businesses and community infrastructure.

An estimated 150,000 homes and businesses in Victoria have a one per cent chance of flooding each year, and it is very important that all Victorians are prepared for the possibility of flooding

Flood Safe Resources

The SES has put together some important information and tools that can help you prepare and learn more about what you can do to prepare your home from floods. Find out more information on  Floodsafe.

The SES website includes information and resources including toolkits, information for caravan owners and creating sandbags. 

What to do during floods

There are a number of things that you can do to make sure you and your property stay safe during flooding. Remember, for flood emergency assistance from the SES call 132 500. For life-threatening emergencies call Triple-zero (000).

Road Safety 

Be aware of road hazards such as mud, debris and damaged roads or bridges.

Do not travel through affected areas unless it is necessary.

Drive slowly, obey all roadblocks and never drive through floodwater.

For the latest list of VicRoads road closures check www.vicroads.vic.gov.au or call 13 11 70 .

Safety Information

Check your home or building for damage before you re-enter.

If your home has been flooded, all electrical and gas appliances should be checked by a licensed technician before you use them.

Dry out and clean buildings straight away

When cleaning up, wear strong boots, gloves and protective clothing and wash your hands and clothes regularly.

Floodwater is dangerous - never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

Floodwater is toxic - never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

Health and Wellbeing Information

Counselling and support is available from the following organisations

Lifeline www.lifeline.org.au phone 13 11 14
Beyond Blue www.beyondblue.org.au phone 1300 224 636
Kids Helpline www.kidshelp.com.au phone 1800 551 800
SANE Australia www.sane.org phone 1800 187 263

 

Emergency Contacts 

For further information and warnings, go to the VicEmergency Website Preparing For Flood page or call the VicEmergency Hotline 1800 226 226.

For flood or storm emergency assistance from SES call 132 500.

For life-threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000).

Further information about what to do during a flood can be found on the SES website.


StormSafe

Victoria State Emergency Service is the control agency for storms in Victoria, which means that they are responsible for planning for storms and for managing storm response if they do occur.

Storms can happen anywhere, at any time of year and are often accompanied by strong winds, large hailstones and lightning. Storms cost Victorians an average of $28 million each year, and can cause significant damage to homes, businesses and community infrastructure. 

For flood or storm emergency help contact the SES on 132 500.

Preparing your home for storms

SES have put together some important information that can help you learn more about what you can do to prepare your home for storms. Find out more information on Stormsafe.

Visit the VicEmergency website for more resources and links.


Seymour Flood Mitigation Project

The Seymour Flood Mitigation Project is being developed to provide protection to the Seymour Township, property, buildings, essential services and residents against a 1-in-100-year flood from the Goulburn River.

It is estimated that more than 300 properties are vulnerable in such an event including a large part of Seymour's commercial activities and essential services, including the hospital and police station.

Increased protection from flooding offered by the project will provide an opportunity to review the existing flood zoning and overlays which have restricted development in the area. In 2010, Mitchell Shire Council resolved to complete a planning scheme amendment to obtain the required land for the levee. To support this process, Council has undertaken a number of investigations to determine the best alignment for the levee and to examine the areas of land that may need to be acquired to construct the levee and its associated works. The levee design is being developed to provide a positive benefit to the community of Seymour and the wider Mitchell Shire, including those outside the levee system. The design of the levee will be considered simultaneously with the Structure Plan for Seymour and the community ‘Vision for the Town’.

The levee will be designed to ensure that, as much as possible, it does not create a physical or visual barrier to enjoyment of the Goulburn River and includes provision for walking and cycling paths linked to the wider regional network.

Visit the Engaging Mitchell Seymour Flood Levee Project page for more information.