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.
East Gippsland is home to the Genoa, Cann, Bemm, Tambo, Nicholson, Snowy, Buchan and Mitchell Rivers and the Gippsland Lakes. Weather systems commonly referred to as East Coast Lows can produce heavy rainfall on frequent occasions which can lead to minor riverine flooding with major flood events in both the rivers and lakes occurring more rarely.
For example, during June 2007, four major east coast lows occurred in succession with each one producing heavy rainfall. The last east coast low brought up to 300mm of rainfall resulting in major riverine flooding across the Council area and the Gippsland Lakes rising 1.3m above normal levels.
A significant risk is isolation of communities, vehicles and recreational visitors through the area when rivers and creeks rise, landslips and falling vegetation make roads impassable.
Storms can also cause power and communication outages simultaneous to flooding.
Households and businesses should refer to their Local Flood Guide or East Gippsland Shire Flood Emergency Plan for more information.