Flood advice information

We are responsible for floodplain management in the West Gippsland region. Our role is to give advice that encourages appropriate development and reduces the impacts of flooding on life, property and infrastructure.

Guidelines for developing in flood prone areas

We are currently reviewing our guidelines for development in flood prone areas. During this process, the current flood guidelines will remain in use.

The draft guidelines for development in flood prone areas are now available. These guidelines are being developed as a useful reference tool for property owners, developers, designers or builders looking to develop land in a flood prone area.

We are currently seeking feedback on the draft guidelines until 6 September. You can give your feedback by emailing planning@wgcma.vic.gov.au.

Floodplain Management

A floodplain is the area of land that is inundated when a waterway can no longer contain the catchment’s run-off within its beds and banks. Floodplains play an important role in the temporary storage of floodwaters and often have significant environmental values. The main aims of floodplain management are to protect:

  • life, property and community assets from flooding
  • the natural functions of floodplains and waterways
  • floodplain areas of environmental significance.

Prepare for floods

Advice on how to prepare for a flood can be found on the Victorian State Emergency Service website.

Flood warnings

The best place to get information about flood warnings is on the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) website.

Rainfall information

You can view rainfall information for East Gippsland and West Gippsland on the BoM website.

River height levels

You can view river height levels for East Gippsland and West Gippsland on the BoM website.

We need your feedback

Download the draft guidelines for development in floodprone areas.

Looking for flood advice?

If you would like flood advice on a specific property, please complete the flood advice form.