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.
The Warrnambool area is at risk of flooding as a result of its location between the Merri and Hopkins River catchments coupled with estuary and tidal impacts.
The largest flood on record is the 1946 flood; which peaked at 8.55m against the local gauge height. The most recent floods in 2001 saw flood waters surge to 7.75m against the local gauge height. Flooding in the Warrnambool area is heavily impacted by storm surges. For example the 1946 floods saw a 1 metre storm surge adding to the riverine flooding.
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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Municipal Flood Emergency Plan
This plan will be available soon.