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.
Melbourne City Council has a history of flooding (riverine flooding and flash flooding) including a significant flood event in November 2010 and February 2005. Riverine flooding in February 2005 caused widespread disruption to transport infrastructure. Flash flooding in November 2010 in the CBD caused significant property damage. Other significant flood events have occurred in 1891, 1906, 1916, 1924, 1934 and 1974.
Tidal flows from Port Phillip Bay may also influence flooding in some locations within Melbourne City Council.
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 Melbourne City Council Flood Emergency Plan for more information.