Floods happen at any time of the year and can affect you if you live, work or visit areas close to creeks, rivers, coastlines, dams/lakes, drains or low-lying land.
Our Shire is home to the Thomson, Macalister, Avon, Latrobe, Albert, Tarra and Mitchell Rivers, Merrimans Creek and the Gippsland Lakes. The Thomson Reservoir, Glenmaggie Weir and Cowwarr Weir are located in the Thomson / Macalister rivers and can impact flooding in areas below the reservoirs.
Flooding can close roads and cause communities or vehicles to become isolated. They can cause injury and damage to people, property, livestock, essential services such as water and sewer mains, electricity and telecommunications infrastructure, and the local economy.
Being prepared can help you stay safe, reduce damage and save money.
Households and businesses should prepare for floods by having a home emergency plan, up-to-date insurance, an emergency contact list and an emergency kit.
Experience shows that those who plan and prepare for emergencies can reduce the impact of the emergency, and can recover quicker afterwards. Taking the time to think about emergencies and making a plan helps you to think clearly, have a greater sense of control, and make better decisions when an emergency occurs.
See our Local Flood Guides below, and visit our Planning for an Emergency page for advice on preparing your personal emergency plan for floods and storms.
The VicEmergency website also has flood preparation and flood likelihood maps for your area.
Local Flood Guides
The Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) together with the Wellington Flood Management Planning Committee, have developed a number of Local Flood Guides for residents and businesses to explain local flood risks and advise on how to prepare for and respond to flood events:
- Avon River Catchment (Briagolong, Bushy Park, Boisdale and Stratford)
- Hollands Landing
- Loch Sport
- Macalister Catchment (Licola, Glenmaggie, Tinamba, Newry, Maffra and Riverslea)
Flood Information & Warnings
The VicEmergency website provides emergency warnings and information for all hazards. VICSES warnings and information regarding floods and storm warnings are issued via VicEmergency.
See our Emergency Information page for more details about how to find information and warnings during a flood emergency.
During a flood emergency, the SES may use sandbags to reduce the risks associated with flood. If you want to get sandbags to protect your property, contact the SES on 132 500.
Never drive on flooded roads – a car can float in just 15cm of water. For up-to-date information about road closures, visit traffic.vicroads.vic.gov.au.
Power outages may severely impact your ability to respond to and recover from an emergency.
Victoria has very reliable electricity supplies, but sometimes power outages can occur.
The most important thing during a power outage is to stay safe. Keep clear of fallen power lines and keep others away. Be careful with temporary generators. And if there has been significant damage to your property, make sure a licensed electrician checks that it’s safe to turn your power back on.
Ausnet Services has a webpage dedicated to assisting residents to deal with power outages at https://www.outagetracker.com.au/
After the Flood
For general safety information about what to do after the flood, including advice about potential health hazards, visit the VicEmergency website.
To see more information about the local flood recovery process, visit our Relief and Recovery page.
Wellington Municipal Flood Emergency Plan
Our Municipal Flood Emergency Plan (7MB) has been developed by a committee of expert representatives from VICSES, Wellington Shire Council, West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority, Southern Rural Water, VicRoads, Victoria Police and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
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.
Information that you may find useful within this Plan includes:
- Detailed flood risks and threats
- Typical flood peak travel times
- Specific township flood emergency plans
- Flood warning systems
- Historical flood events
- Flood maps for the Avon, Perry, Thomson and Macalister rivers, Merrimans Creeks and the 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 Plan.
Flood Studies & the Floodplain Management Strategy
West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority (WGCMA) and partners have prepared the West Gippsland Floodplain Management Strategy to help communities better understand flood behaviour and flood risk so that you can take the necessary actions to minimise the risk to yourself and your property.
The WGCMA regularly undertakes flood studies to help us understand flooding better and improve land use planning and emergency response to floods.
Flood studies have been completed for Rosedale and Seaspray and there are flooding animations for both these towns as well as the Macalister River, Loch Sport and the Thomson River.
For information on property zoning and overlays (including flood), please visit our Property Zoning and Overlays page.