It can be easy to think that disasters, such as flooding, won't happen to you, however history has shown us that emergencies can happen anywhere and at any time.
Whilst it's important to have a plan and to know what to do in an emergency, it also just as important to be aware of the history of flooding in your area and ensure your plan takes this information into consideration.
Local Flood History
The economic cost and personal trauma within the community caused by the flooding reminds us of the need for a flood management system.
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.
- Flooding in Greater Shepparton can occur from localised heavy rain or from prolonged heavy rain in upstream catchments
- A flood of the magnitude of May 1974 could be expected to flood 830 houses and effect about 4,000 residential and commercial properties
- Damage caused in 1974 would be in the order of $23 million by today's dollars
- The 2010 floods recorded peaks above major flood levels in Seven Creeks Kialla West, Goulburn River and Broken River Orrvale
- In 2010 more than 60 people accessed relief and recovery centres across Greater Shepparton for information and accommodation
Victorian State Emergency Service (SES)
Emergency Plan and Kits
Creating an Emergency Plan takes very little time and may help save your life or property during an emergency. The SES has created a comprehensive guide to help you create your Emergency Plan, which will guide you step-by-step through the process.
To develop your own Emergency Action Plan visit the SES website. You can also find a detailed planning tool to "Get Flood Ready", including a flood checklist to help you to create your own emergency plans.
SES Local Flood Guides
Local Flood Guides have been developed by the SES to provide the community with valuable local information to assist in preparing and responding to the risk of flooding. Guides have been developed for Shepparton-Mooroopna and Murchison and can be downloaded by following the links below:
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority - Flood Levels
Flood levels have been declared for major towns in the Goulburn Broken Catchment. Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority has provided an interactive map to give access to PDF documents which contain information on floodplain levels.
Prior to applying for a planning permit with Council, flood advice can be obtained directly from the Goulburn Broken CMA.
The Flood Victoria website was originally developed for the Victorian community by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority on behalf of the State Flood Policy Committee.
This website is largely a portal that provides links to information from a number of different government departments and agencies and can direct you to other websites.
Australian Red Cross
The Australian Red Cross offers a range of valuable resources designed to help people to better prepare, respond to and recover from emergencies.
Resources are available for households, seniors, people with disabilities, parents of young children, psychosocial preparedness and coping with anniversaries.