Flood information for the Mount Alexander Shire Council, encompassing local flood guides for Newstead and combined guide for: Castlemaine, Campbells Creek and Chewton and the Mount Alexander Shire Municipal Flood Emergency Plan.
VICSES 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.
VICSES has also developed Municipal Flood Emergency Plans to prepare for, respond to and recover from flood events within the Municipality.
Mount Alexander Shire Council has a history of flooding including a significant flood event in January 2011 which is the highest flood in the municipality on record. The flood/ storm event had a severe impact on all communities in the municipality.
Mount Alexander is typically threatened by flash flooding- short duration, high intensity rainfall, this occurs more frequently between October and March. These rainfall events can cause disturbances to drainage infrastructure and capacity to be reached quickly with very little warning.
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 be aware of their flood risk.
Households and businesses should refer to their Local Flood Guide or Mount Alexander Flood Emergency Plan for more information.