Victorian Floods September 2010 – Assisting VICSES flood response

Victorian Floods September 2010 - Assisting VICSES flood response

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

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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