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.
There have been a number of significant flood events in South Gippsland including in1934, 1990, March 2011, May 2012 and June 2012. These events have caused significant infrastructure and property damage as well as tragically the loss of lives.
The area is characterised by steep ranges to the north which contain the headwaters of a number of waterways in the Shire, and the slopes that run through the region result in patches of rolling hills and steep farmland. Other areas in South Gippsland are very flat, especially near the coast, where the lowlands extend for many kilometres.
The predominant riverine flooding risk is on the Tarwin River at Tarwin Lower, Fish Creek and Meeniyan and associated rural areas.
Short duration, high intensity rainfall (usually associated with thunderstorms) can cause flash flooding throughout South Gippsland.
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.