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Flood information for the City of Ballarat, encompassing local flood guides for Ballarat East and Miners Rest.

SES 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.

SES has also developed Municipal Flood Emergency Plans to prepare, respond to and recover from flood events within Municipality.

Flood history

The City of Ballarat has a history of flooding which is mainly due to flash flooding after high intensity rainfall often associated with thunderstorms. Other flooding is associated with flooding from rivers and creeks overflowing after prolonged rainfall.

In December 1991 severe thunderstorms brought intense rainfall, resulting in the largest flood events this century for both Ballarat East and Central Ballarat. In central Ballarat, Gnarr Creek caused flood and stormwater damage to homes and businesses, with the Lydiard Street area the worst affected.

More recently, several areas of Ballarat, including Miners Rest, Ballarat East, Delacombe and Alfredton, experienced flooding in January 2011 after prolonged heavy rainfall fell across Victoria.

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 (below).

Municipal Flood Emergency Plan

VICSES units

Your local VICSES unit is:

  • Ballarat Unit, 115A Gillies Street, Ballarat, 3350

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