Flood information for the Colac-Otway City Council, encompassing local flood guides and a Municipal Flood Emergency Plan.

Colac Otway Shire mapVICSES 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 Municipality.

Flood History

Colac-Otway Shire is located in South-Western Victoria, approximately 150 kilometres from Melbourne. The Shire encompasses a total land area of approximately 3,500 square kilometres, of which a large proportion is Crown Land (43%) including the Great Otway National Park.

Parts of Colac-Otway Shire can experience both riverine and flash flooding. The Barham River, flowing down from the Otway Ranges, cuts through the western side of Apollo Bay and, during prolonged rainfall, the river swells, forming a natural floodplain.

Flooding at Apollo Bay and the surrounding area can result in the closure of the Great Ocean Road because of the risks of landslides, which can isolate the town for days after a flood.

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.

Local Flood Guides

VICSES units

Your local VICSES units are:

  • Colac Unit: 87 Wilson Street, Colac
  • Otway Unit: 2 Main Road, Beech Forest

More information

For more information, contact your local South West regional office.

For flood warnings, see the VICSES Warnings page.

Visit the Colac Otway Shire Council website