Merri-bek (Moreland) City Council

Flood information for the Merri-bek City Council (Moreland City Council), encompassing local flood guides and a Municipal Flood Emergency Plan.

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moreland municipal map
Moreland municipal map.

Merri-bek City Council has a history of flooding (riverine and flash flooding) including a significant flood event in 2005. Other significant flood events have occurred in 1916, 1934, 1946, 1952, 1954, 1963, 1974, 1977, 1987 and 1989.

Locations at risk of flooding include:

  • Glenroy

  • Pascoe Vale

  • Hadfield

  • Fitzroy North

  • Fawkner

  • Coburg North

  • Coburg

  • Gowanbrae

  • Oak Park

  • Brunswick East

  • Brunswick West


VICSES Flood Warnings - City of Moreland video


Are you at risk of flood?

coburg North flood map
Click to enlarge.

Most areas of Melbourne experience some level of flooding during an extreme storm event, with those developed prior to the 1970’s generally being more likely. Prolonged rainfall events can affect areas along Merri Creek.

The main impacted areas include the green strips alongside the creek (including the Merri Creek trail), as well as the Coburg Lake are and Jackson Reserve. Flash flooding provides a larger risk within Coburg North.

Due to the urbanisation of the area, water does not have the same ability to be absorbed into the ground and therefore runs off to lower lying areas during periods of heavy rain (for example, more than 20 millimetres of rain per hour, such as during a thunderstorm).

This volume of water can overwhelm stormwater drains leading to flash flooding. Flash flooding can occur with little warning, last a short period of time and cause severe localised damage.

Although the water will drain away relatively quickly, areas that could be affected include:

  • Sussex Street, from South Street, across Boundary Road to Kent Street

  • The east end of Kent Street

  • Pallet Street at Bakers Road

  • Allenby Street

  • The cycle path on Renown Street (opposite Elliot Street)

The map to the right shows the expected flooding in a 1% flood in Coburg North. A 1% flood means that there is a 1% chance of a flood of this size occurring in any one year.

About Flood Guides

Communities can use local flood guides to identify and better understand their local flood risk. They include information about: flood history, how to prepare & respond to floods and who to contact.

Contact Information

For more information, contact the Melbourne Metropolitan (Central) Headquarters.
For information on flood warnings, see the VicEmergency website.
Visit the Merri-bek City Council website.
Your local Catchment Mangement Authority : Melbourne Water.

Local VICSES Unit

  • Broadmeadows VICSES Unit:
    434 Mahoneys Road,
  • Campbellfield.

Municipal Flood Emergency Plan (MFEP)

Municipalities can use Municipal Flood Emergency Plans to prepare, respond and recover from flood and storm events.
City of Moreland Storm and Flood  Emergency Plan - Updated Sep, 2020