Flooding is a natural hazard for several communities within our Shire, some more prone than others. Rural land surrounding townships is also at risk. Whether floods are caused by high rainfall, rising river levels, coastal storm surges, changed infrastructure or inadequate drainage, they can severely disrupt communities by causing injury, loss of life, property damage, personal hardship, road closures, isolation of communities, significant rural impact on livestock and fencing, and the municipality’s economy.
Flooding may also result in, and restrict the ability of emergency and recovery services to access communities at risk. Damage to other essential services such as water and sewer mains, and underground electricity and telecommunications infrastructure can also inhibit response and recovery during a flood.
The VicEmergency website has a wealth of resources to help you understand your flood risk and know what to do before, during and after a flood. The new VicEmergency App includes warning and incident notifications for flood, storm, fire, earthquake, tsunami, weather warnings, shark sightings, beach closures and more. Wellington Shire is in the West and South Gippsland (Weather) District.
Wellington Municipal Flood Emergency Plan
The Wellington Flood Management Planning Committee (WFMPC) has an obligation to contribute towards community flood safety. The Committee recognises the potential threat that flooding poses to certain communities and aims to reduce this threat by developing and implementing the Wellington Municipal Flood Emergency Management Plan (WMFEP) (8MB).
The Committee is made up of representatives from Victoria State Emergency Service, Wellington Shire Council, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Southern Rural Water, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, VicRoads and Victoria Police.
The Plan ensures that individuals and government agencies within our Shire are aware of potential flood risks and understand their roles and responsibilities and details arrangements for the mitigation (prevention and preparedness), response to and recovery from floods within our Shire.
Plan ‘Attachments’ details flood threats, typical flood peak travel times, specific township flood emergency plans, flood warning systems and maps for the following locations:
- Avon River, Perry River
- Thomson River, Macalister River
- Merrimans Creek
- Gippsland Lakes
Low to moderate flooding is a relatively frequent event in our Shire. Such events are well within the capability and capacity of local emergency services. It is major or widespread flood events that can be more challenging and are dealt with in the WMFEP.
Local Flood Guides
Victoria State Emergency Service together with the Wellington Flood Management Planning Committee have developed the Local Flood Guides for communities listed below:
- Avon River Catchment (Briagolong, Bushy Park, Boisdale, and Strafford)
- Hollands Landing
- Loch Sport
- Macalister Catchment (Licola, Glenmaggie, Tinamba, Newry, Maffra and Riverslea)
Floodplain Management Strategy
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority and partners are preparing the West Gippsland Floodplain Management Strategy to help communities better understand flood behaviour and flood risk so communities can take the necessary actions to minimise the risk to themselves and their property. The strategy will help coordinate all agencies and communities to minimise flood risks.
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority has completed Flood Studies for Rosedale and Seaspray. These studies also produced flood animations - sophisticated computer models that incorporate local knowledge, anecdotal and historical information to determine flood extents, depths and velocities for a variety of flood sizes.