Information will be updated as soon as it is available.
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.
While there is limited information on flood risk within the Municipality, the floods of late 2010 and January 2011 demonstrated that parts of the Pyrenees Shire are susceptible to substantial inundation during large flood events including Beaufort, Avoca, Natte Yaloak and Lexton.
Beaufort and Lexton can experience flash flooding which can happen during a very short period of time; households are reminded that preparation is vital to reduce the impact of flash flooding. Avoca and Natte Yaloak may experience riverine flooding where due to rainfall; the creek has reached capacity, flooding low lying and areas close to the waterway.
In January 2011, Beaufort received record rainfall of 96.8mm in less than 12 hours which caused the Western Highway to close in four sections, 23 buildings to flood over their floor levels, evacuations through the town and many local facilities to be inundated including Bicentennial Park.
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.
Local Flood Guides
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Your local SES units are:
- Ararat Unit: 85-87 High Street, Ararat.
- Ballarat Unit: 115A Gillies Street, Ballarat.