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.
Hepburn Shire Council has a history of flooding including significant flood events in September 2010 and January 2011 which caused extensive damage to homes and businesses throughout the Shire. The townships of Clunes and Creswick were hit the hardest.
The worst recorded floods in Creswick’s recent history are the September 2010 and January 2011 flood events, both classified as major flood events. These flood events occurred following heavy rainfall upstream of Creswick. In contrast the February 2011 event resulted from heavy, localised rainfall, particularly across Sawpit Gully. The January 2011 event caused:
- Flooding of 90 homes and businesses
- Flooding of the Castlemaine Road Bridge, restricting access to and from town via the Midland Highway
- Flooding of the football oval and clubrooms, dental surgery, bowling club, part of a caravan park and the primary school
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 Municipal Flood Emergency Plan for more information.