Storms and Flooding

Severe storms occur at any time of the year and can cause flash flooding, landslips, lightning strikes, disrupt communities through the loss of income, injury, life, property damage, agricultural and stock losses, and cause disruption to major services such as electricity and water. The number of storms that occur in Baw Baw Shire is unpredictable. Some storms may be more localised, that is, they may occur in one area such as the hills, or they may be larger in scale and occur across the entire municipality.

Severe storms can cause trees and branches to fall across roads and railway lines, on people, cars, and buildings; flash floods can block roads and wash away cars and people; large hail stones can cause damage to cars and property; and lightning can strike people, buildings, trees or power lines. There are a number of factors we recommend you consider when preparing for severe storms:

  • Develop an emergency kit
  • Familiarise yourself with severe storm categories
  • Check weather reports and storm warnings
  • Plan what to do before, during and after a storm

For information on storm events call the Flood and Storm Information Line on 1300 842 737 or check the State Emergency Service (SES) website. For flood or storm assistance call the SES on 132 500. Call 000 for life threatening emergencies.

Flooding

Large areas of Baw Baw Shire can be prone to flooding. When an emergency including a flood occurs, or threatens the Shire, the MECC (Municipal Emergency Control Centre) may be set up and staffed by Council and other emergency management agencies. You should ascertain whether or not you live in a low lying area or are located near a waterway where there is a history of flooding and make sure you have a flood plan in place.

Baw Baw Shire in consultation with the SES has developed an Emergency Flood Plan.

  • Flood Emergency Plan
  • Flood Emergency Plan Appendixes

For further information relating to floods, visit the Department of Human Services Flood Recovery website, SES website and the DSE website.

Emergencies such as floods, fire, or power outages can present a number of food safety risks for both food businesses and households. Further information can be found on the Department of Human Services Food Safety website. For further information on food safety within the municipality please contact the Council's Health Office on 5624 2411 during business hours.

After The Floods

Baw Baw Shire Council provides assistance and advice to people within the Shire affected by flooding events. For those people affected by water and or rain entering their houses please contact the Council's Recovery Manager on 5624 2411 to register your address details for Council officers to conduct a needs assessment.

Cleaning Up

Floods have the potential to impact on the health and wellbeing of your family, your community and yourself. It is important to look after yourself during and after a flood. The Department of Human Services have produced the 'After the Floods' fact sheet pack that suggests ways of coping with stress, looking after your general health and provides details on what financial assistance is available. Visit the Department of Human Services website to download a fact sheet.

Drainage Problems

For those people adversely affected by drainage issues due to a recent rain/flooding event contact the Council on 5624 2411 to register your concerns. A Council officer will arrange a time to conduct a visit to your property.

  • Lightning Action Guide
  • Lightning is a real threat, with more than ten people dying due to lightning strikes each year in Australia. The following actions are recommended during a thunderstorm:
  • Do not use the telephone
  • Do not have a shower or bath

If you have time, disconnect the external aerial to your television

Disconnect electrical appliances.

Remember, if you hear thunder 10 seconds after a lightning flash, the lightning is only 3 kilometres away (just over 1 kilometre per 3 seconds). For more information about the Lightning Action Guide, visit the Emergency Management Australia website. Further information about severe storms is also available on the SES website.