Are you at risk from flooding? 

The suburbs of Bendigo, White Hills and Long Gully have a history of Flash Flooding from heavy rainfall occurring over a short period of time causing waterways to overflow into surrounding areas.  

The many creeks within the region and the low-lying nature of the land make the central business district especially vulnerable to flash flooding, with floods affecting people, property and access throughout the city on a regular basis since records began.

The map below shows the predicted effects of a flood based on a 1% flood. This means that there a 1% chance of a flood this size happening in any given year. While no two floods are the same the following impacts are likely to occur at this level.


For more maps and flood information on your property visit: North Central CMA- Flood Eye

Did you know?

Bendigo, White Hills and Long Gully have a history of flooding and are especially prone to flash flooding with recorded floods occurring since settlement in 1850. The 1857 flood is one of the largest on record when 82mm fell in 24 hours resulting in Charing Cross, High Street, Pall Mall, Bridge Street and the reserves being flooded. 

In February 1924 a severe storm caused significant flooding in Bendigo with flooding of businesses in central Bendigo and flooding across roads in Long Gully and along Back Creek.

In December 1949 Bendigo experienced one of its worst floods in history. The Bendigo Creek overflowed and burst over the bridge at Charing Cross, inundating business and houses. The water in the City Family Hotel reached a depth of 60cm.

Even if your property is not affected by floodwater, you may be affected indirectly by flooding as some roads will be closed and power, sewerage and telephone services may be disrupted.

If you live or work close to a creek, river or low-laying area you may be at risk from floods. It is important for families, business and locals to be aware of the risks, be prepared and have their emergency plans ready when flooding occurs as during these events the Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) receives a number of calls and may take some time to reach you.



VICSES Warnings- To learn more about VICSES Warnings go to: Warnings

  • VICSES utilise the VicEmergency app, website and hotline to distribute flood warnings and emergency information in Victoria. Communities can also access this information through our social media channels and emergency broadcasters.

  • VICSES warnings aim to provide you with information to help you make good decisions to protect yourself and your family.

  • The warning level is based on severity, conditions and the likelihood that the emergency could impact the community.


Bureau of Meterology Warnings- To learn more about BOM flood, storm and thunderstorm warnings to go: Flood Warning Systems

Warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) to tell people about possible flooding.

  • A Flood Watch means there is a developing weather pattern that might cause floods in one or two days.

  • A Flood Warning means flooding is about to happen or is already happening. There are minor, moderate and major flood warnings.