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.
Towong Shire Council has a history of flooding including significant flood events in January 2012 and 2010, which impacted the townships of Walwa and Jingellic.
Floods in this area have often destroyed or damaged roads and bridges. Large trees and plant debris regularly block waterways. When these blockages give way, this can create powerful surges of water and unexpected rises in river levels.
Flash floods from steep mountain creeks often flood roads such as Murray River Road in Victoria, isolating valley communities, and camping areas. Major settlements in the Upper Murray area are above the Murray River floodplain, however high river levels in the Murray River can cause floodwater to back up into surrounding creeks resulting in longer periods of high water, or even second flood peaks. This can also cause isolation and increase damage to local areas.
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.
Municipal Flood Emergency Plan
This plan will be available soon.