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Victorians to prepare for expected major flooding

11 October 2022

Emergency services are urging Victorians to prepare for a significant flooding event this week as heavy rainfall is expected from tomorrow. Communities in northern Victoria are most at risk of serious impacts, and residents should do everything they can to prepare.


The Bureau of Meteorology are forecasting peak rainfall totals of 60-100mm across much of Victoria, potential for major riverine flooding, as well as flash flooding in some areas including metropolitan Melbourne. 


Emergency services are preparing ahead of the deluge this week, and are ready to respond to any incidents and emergencies across the state.


Emergency Management Victoria Deputy Commissioner Chris Stephenson urged communities to get ready early.


“While emergency services work hard to support everyone, it’s important for communities to be prepared by ensuring they have enough supplies for the first 72 hours following an emergency,” he said.  


“Our volunteers and staff will do everything they can to support and assist communities, but preparing for emergencies is a shared responsibility and it’s important that communities do their part too.


“This will assist our staff and volunteers to focus their efforts on where it’s needed most.”


Victorian State Emergency Service Chief Operations Officer Tim Wiebusch reminded residents to plan travel according to the conditions, and advised to avoid travelling on Thursday, if possible.


“Large areas of flash flooding is expected on Thursday and then the possibility of major riverine flooding in multiple catchments. Please do not attempt to drive through flood water,” he said.


“It’s important to understand your flood risk. Find local flood guides for your area on the VICSES website.”


Victorians are reminded to connect with official sources of emergency information:

  • VicEmergency app
  • Tune in to local emergency broadcasters such as ABC local radio, commercial and select community radio stations, or SkyNews TV
  • Phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226
  • Folow VicEmergency on Facebook and Twitter.