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.
Latrobe City Council has a history of flooding including significant flood events in June 2012, November 1995, September 1993, June 1978, June 1952, February and August 1951 and December 1934. The flood event of September 1993 resulted in flooding above floor to 24 residential and three commercial properties and caused extensive damage to vast extents of rural areas.
The Traralgon Creek Catchment upstream of Traralgon is characterised by steep, heavily forested valleys which can result in a rapid rises and high rates of runoff in the catchment.
One of the predominant riverine flooding risks in Latrobe Shire is the township of Traralgon.
Short duration, high intensity rainfall (usually associated with thunderstorms) can also cause flash flooding throughout Latrobe Shire including in Traralgon.
The Bureau of Meteorology provides flood warning services for river systems within Latrobe Shire including for the Traralgon Creek at the Traralgon gauge.
Due to the highly variable nature of flooding within Traralgon Creek, 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 Latrobe City Council Flood Emergency Plan for more information.