Heavy rainfall across Northern and Western Victoria over Friday (3/9/10) to Sunday (5/9/10), lead to major flooding in a number of Victorian river basins. Water Technology was invited by the Victorian State Emergency Service to provide expert advice on flood behaviour to guide response operations.
Water Technology staff were based in the Incident Control Centres (ICC) in Wangaratta and Shepparton, and in the State Control Centre in Melbourne. This involvement began on Friday before the rain started to fall. In this phase, Water Technology prepared flood intelligence information for key towns in North East Victoria. During the flood event, Water Technology worked closely with VICSES, Department of Sustainability and Environment, Catchment Management Authorities, Local Councils, Bureau of Meteorology and VicRoads. The focus was to enhance response operations by interpreting available flood mapping to identify key actions, and appropriate community alerting. The involvement of Water Technology staff in a number of flood mapping studies across Victoria strengthen our understanding of flood behaviour. Following the event, Water Technology will be involved in a debriefing process with key stakeholder. This debriefing process will look to the aspects of the flood response that worked well, and aspects where improvements can be made.
Information on flood prone land can be found on the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment Interactive Planning Maps Online Mapping Site: http://www.dse.vic.gov.au/DSE/dsencor.nsf/LinkView/836EE128E54D861FCA256DA200208B945FD09CE028D6AA58CA256DAC0029FA1A