Horsham Rural City Council has a history of flooding ranging from minor flooding to the major floods of January 2011 and more recently in October 2022.

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.

Flood guides and plans

Horsham Rural City Council Flood Emergency Plan.pdf

Horsham Local Flood Guide.pdf(PDF, 559KB)

Natimuk Local Flood Guide.pdf(PDF, 1MB) 

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.

The Wimmera Catchment Management Authority 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.


Be flood ready

For flood or storm emergency assistance call 132 500

In a life threatening emergency call 000

Bag it - Get your sandbags ready and in place to prevent water from entering your property.

Block it - Block drains, toilets and doorways.

Lift it - Lift your valuables up high.

Leave - Make your way to a safe destination as soon as possible.

Links to help you plan and prepare for a flood

Wimmera Emergency Management Team resources

The Wimmera Emergency Management Team has developed some important resources to help you to prepare and plan for emergency events such as flood:

Stay informed

Local news
ABC Local Radio (594AM), Ace Radio 3WM (1089AM), Mixx FM (101.3 or 98.5), Sky News TV

1800 226 226 (free call) or www.emergency.vic.gov.au

Victoria State Emergency Service

Country Fire Authority

Bureau of Meteorology