SES has developed Municipal Flood Emergency Plans to prepare, respond to and recover from flood
events within a Municipality.
West Wimmera Shire Council has towns that are subject to stormwater and riverine flooding. Towns that are prone to stormwater flooding include Apsley and Edenhope. Flood events within West Wimmera have been infrequent over the last decade. The most recent flood event was recorded in 2016.
The Shire has three major waterways that impact various townships, localities and the rural areas. They are the Glenelg River (including Salt Creek), The Chetwynd River and the Koijak Creek. These systems flow in or near to towns within the Municipality. Lake Wallace, at Edenhope is the largest body of water in the Shire.
Predominantly two townships are impacted within the Shire, Apsley and Harrow, from flooding events. The township of Harrow has experienced two large flood events within the last 10 years, with the flood in 2010 being the largest recently recorded event. Apsley has had numerous smaller events, predominately due to rainfall and water not draining away as quick as other areas. Within the West Wimmera Shire rural flooding can be significant, other townships do experience some flooding during large flood events within the Region.
The lead time to respond to a flood event may be limited within some townships. All households and businesses at risk of flooding should develop an emergency plan and beware of their flood risk.
Households and businesses should refer to their Local Flood Risk products which may include localised property cards or Local Flood Guides or the West Wimmera Shire Council Flood Emergency Plan for more information.
Your local VICSES units are:
- Edenhope Unit: 26 Mollison Street, Edenhope, Victoria 3318
- Goroke Unit: 4 Barrack Street, Goroke, Victoria, 3412
- Kaniva Unit: 79 Commercial Street, Kaniva, Victoria, 3419