Mansfield Shire sits in the upper Goulburn catchment, which collects rainfall from Woods Point to Mount Skene and the western end of the Alpine National Park.
Mansfield Shire can experience both riverine and flash flooding. Riverine flooding typically occurs when the Goulburn or Jamieson Rivers (or both) break their banks and overflow after heavy or prolonged rainfall in the steep catchments of the surrounding state forests and Alpine National Park. Flash flooding can occur at any time of year during and after heavy rain or thunderstorms. The hilly terrain makes flash flooding more likely as water can gain both speed and power as it flows downhill.
Flash flooding in September 2010 caused the largest recorded flood in the Jamieson area with 27 properties and the Jamieson caravan park flooded. This flood peaked soon after midnight, dropping away early the following morning.
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 Mansfield Shire Flood Emergency Plan for more information.