Horsham Rural City municipality has a history of flooding ranging from minor flooding to the most recent major floods of January 2011. The Wimmera River and its tributaries flow south to north across the municipality and pass through Horsham and Dadswells Bridge. Flooding in these towns is usually related to rainfall events in the Upper Wimmera Catchment. The Natimuk Creek system passes through Natimuk and can impact the township when localised heavy rainfall events occur.
The Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee has prepared the following flood plans:
- Horsham Rural City Council Flood Response Plan
- East Horsham Flood Intelligence Report
- Natimuk Flood Intelligence Report
These plans are currently being incorporated into Horsham Rural City Council Flood Emergency Plan and will be available online soon.
The Natimuk Flood Intelligence Card(PDF, 1MB) contains information on which properties in Natimuk are likely to be subjected to flooding and a tool to estimate the likelihood of flooding given certain rainfall.
It is important that residents understand how to prepare for flooding. The following links provide essential information and tips for effective preparation:
The Wimmera Catchment Mangement Authority (CMA) has conducted a number of flood studies and prepared flood maps for flood affected townships in the municipality. They are all available on the Wimmera CMA website.
Council has developed a guide to help Natimuk residents to be better informed about flood risks and how they can be prepared in order to minimise the impacts of flash flooding in a condensed version(PDF, 1MB) of the intelligence cards.
The key messages during a flood are:
- Enact your plan
- For emergency assistance during flood or storm call 132 500
- In a life threatening emergency call 000
- Listen to the local radio for emergency information updates
The following links have more information about floods and your safety