Flood information for the Ararat Rural City Council, encompassing local flood guides for Wickliffe and the Ararat Rural City Council Municipal Flood Emergency Plan.
VICSES has developed Local Flood Guides to explain local flood risks for communities at risk. This includes advice for communities on how to prepare and respond to flood events and who to contact in the event of a flood.
VICSES has also developed Municipal Flood Emergency Plans to prepare, respond to and recover from flood events within the Municipality.
Ararat Rural City has a history of flooding including a significant flood event in January 2011 which impacted the township of Wickliffe and vast extents of rural areas resulting in extensive damage.
The January 2011 flood event is the largest event recorded at Wickliffe since 1920 when gauged records began. The 2011 floods occurred after four days of heavy rainfall on an already wet catchment. During this flood:
- It took approximately 24 hours for water to travel from the Ararat gauge to Wickliffe
- Residents were evacuated
- The Glenelg Highway was closed for two days
- Eleven houses were inundated above floor level including the Wickliffe Hotel.
The lead time to respond to a flood event may be limited. All households and businesses at risk of flooding should develop an emergency plan and beware of their flood risk.
Households and business should refer to their Local Flood Guide or Ararat Rural City Flood Emergency Plan for more information.