Flood Warnings and Preparation

Stay informed and be prepared

The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) and Bureau of Meteorology are the key agencies when it comes to issuing warnings and helping with storm and flood preparations. Find out more at:

SES Emergency Services - Where to get advice on how to prepare for floods

Vic Emergency – Where to check for current emergency warnings 

Bureau of Meteorology– Where to check current riverine flood warnings

Weather Warnings - Where to check other weather warnings for our area

What do the flood warnings mean?

A Minor Flood Warning means floodwater can:

  • Reach the top of the riverbanks.
  • Come up through drains in nearby streets.
  • Cover low-lying areas including riverside camping areas.
  • Affect some low-lying caravan parks.
  • Cover minor roads, tracks and low-level bridges.
  • Spread across land or go into buildings on some properties and farms.

A Moderate Flood Warning means floodwater can:

  • Spill over riverbanks and spread across low-lying areas.
  • Start to threaten buildings, roads, rail, power and other developments.
  • Require evacuation in some areas.
  • Cover main roads.

A Major Flood Warning means floodwater can:

  • Cause widespread flooding.
  • Threaten more houses and businesses.
  • Cause properties and whole areas to be isolated by water.
  • Disrupt major roads and transport routes.
  • May require evacuations.

What do the weather warnings mean?

Severe Thunderstorm Warning
Thunderstorms are classified as severe when there is a potential to cause significant localised damage through wind gusts, large hail, tornadoes or flash flooding.  Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

Severe Weather Warnings
These warnings are also issued by the Bureau of Meteorology when severe weather is expected but not related to thunderstorms or bushfires.  Examples of severe weather include damaging winds and flash flooding.

Flash flooding happens quickly. Residents should listen out for warnings with flash flooding and remember that flash flooding:

  • Occurs so fast that it is difficult to provide a detailed warning. Often it arrives without warning.
  • Results from heavy rainfall during short severe storms. 

More information about the types of warnings and how to receive them are available from the Victorian SES.

During a flood/storm event

The Victorian SES has lots of information to help you prepare. 

NEVER drive through floodwater. Be aware of road hazards, never play or swim in flood waters.

Take action now to reduce impacts at your property

  • Keep gutters and drains clear of debris, outdoor furniture, toys etc
  • Back up important files and documents to a USB or to a cloud storage

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