Flooding is natural and can have both positive and negative impacts. Greater Shepparton is located at the confluence of three waterways. There will always be a period when flooding of various magnitudes will be experienced which can have a devastating effect on local business and the community.

The Goulburn River has a long history of flooding, with major floods occurring in 1916, 1917, 1939, 1956, 1958, 1974, 1993 and 2010/11/12 in the Shepparton, Mooroopna and Murchison areas. 

In addition to riverine flooding, unexpected flash flooding events have also been experienced in the region. The negative impacts can bring substantial damage to homes, business and agriculture but with good planning and the right actions, negative impacts can be reduced.

It is also important to acknowledge the positive impacts of flooding which includes water for wetland ecosystems and replenishing soil moisture and nutrients.