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 the Municipality.
Geelong is situated at the meeting point of the Moorabool and Barwon Rivers and sits on Corio Bay. In Geelong, there are a number of areas lining the Barwon River subject to flooding.
Along the Barwon river there are many homes and businesses at risk of flooding. Geelong has a history of significant flooding from the river including in 1909, 1952, 1978, 1983, 1995 and 2001.
Areas that sit on the Barwon River such as parts of Fyansford, Highton, Newtown, Belmont, Breakwater and South Geelong are at risk of flooding from the river.
Since 1852 there have been approximately 14 large floods in the region, with large flooding occurring on average every 10-12 years.
Flash flooding can occur with little to no warning in many parts of Geelong, including the CBD and surrounds.
Households and business should refer to their Local Flood Guide or Municipal Flood Emergency Plan for more information.