Flood planning and emergency management in Victoria.

Flood planning and emergency management in Victoria.

Following our contributions to flood response in September and December last year, Water Technology is again assisting the Victorian SES in flood planning and emergency management for the current floods in north central and western Victoria. Staff from the Melbourne office have been located at SES control centers in Bendigo and Geelong. Water Technology staff are well placed to assist in flood response across Victoria having prepared regional flood modelling over the past 15 years for the following towns and catchments:

Yarriambiak Creek – Flow modelling project

Fly through – Glenorchy to Horsham 100 year flood event. Existing Conditions

  • Horsham
  • Dimboola
  • Wimmera River & Yarriambiack Creek
  • Jeparit
  • Warracknabeal & Beulah
  • South Warrnambool
  • Beaufort
  • Murray River (Cobram to Tocumwal, Barham to Nyah, Swan Hill, Albury)
  • Shepparton
  • Goulburn River (Eildon to Murray River)
  • Violet Town
  • Numurkah
  • Halls Gap
  • Winchelsea
  • Inverleigh
  • Port Fairy
  • Chiltern
  • Strathmerton
  • Traralgon
  • Euroa
  • Ballarat
  • Burrumbeet Creek
  • Barwon River at Geelong

Inundation maps prepared as part of many of these studies have assisted in the emergency response by identifying to the SES potential properties at risk, potential flood extents and flood timing.

About The Author

Warwick Bishop
Warwick is a Director of Water Technology and has over 20 years of experience in surface water management. He has led a wide variety of projects covering areas such as flood risk management, water quality, sediment transport, coastal hazard, WSUD and environmental flows. Warwick has an Honours Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Engineering Science Degree from Monash University, investigating the detailed hydraulics of stormwater treatment wetlands. Warwick has experience throughout Australia in both rural and urban contexts. Since 2011 he has provided specialist input to the Flood Intelligence Unit of SES during both catchment and coastal flood emergencies. He is actively involved in Engineers Australia and is the current chair of the Victorian Water Engineering Branch Committee. Warwick has also contributed to the revision of Australian Rainfall and Runoff, with a particular focus on the application of flood models in urban areas.
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