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Flood, storms and landslip

Preparing for a flood or storm

Victoria's State Emergency Service (SES) is responsible for planning for storms and floods and for managing responses to these events.

Learn more about warnings and how to prepare your home at the SES FloodSafe website or SES StormSafe website.

Follow the warnings

The Victorian State Emergency Service and the Bureau of Meteorology work together to warn the community about storms and floods. Make sure you sign up for alerts at the VicEmergency website.


If you or your family were affected by an emergency, could you repair, replace or rebuild your most valued possessions?

Insurance gives you peace of mind and helps you bounce back financially if an emergency does impact you.

Find out more on the Victorian Government's Insure It website.

What to do if you need help

For flood or storm emergency assistance from SES call 132 500.

For life-threatening emergencies call Triple Zero (000).

Observe road closed signs

In a flood or storm emergency, avoid unnecessary travel. Drive slowly, obey all roadblocks and never drive through floodwater. For the latest list of VicRoads road closures go to VicRoads traffic or call 13 11 70.

Report a fallen tree or other hazard

To report a hazard on a local road call Council on 9217 2170.

To report a hazard or tree down on a road managed by VicRoads call 13 11 70.

Thunderstorm Asthma

During grass pollen season people may notice an increase in asthma and hay fever. Grass pollen season (October through December) also brings the chance of thunderstorm asthma.

Thunderstorm asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high amounts of grass pollen in the air and a certain type of thunderstorm. For people who have asthma or hay fever this can trigger severe asthma symptoms. 

When a large number of people develop asthma symptoms over a short period of time, related to high grass pollen and a certain type of thunderstorm,  it is known as epidemic thunderstorm asthma

For up to date information on epidemic thunderstorm asthma risk visit the VicEmergency website or download the VicEmergency app from Google Play or the App Store and set up a 'watch zone'.

Read more on the Better Health Channel.

Flood Management

Flooding can happen at any time after heavy rains, even days after rains within the City of Whittlesea.

This Municipal Flood Emergency Plan is a sub plan to our Municipal Emergency Management Plan (MEMP), and is consistent with the Emergency Management Manual Victoria and the Victoria Flood Management Strategy. It takes into account the outcomes of the Community Emergency Risk Assessment process undertaken by the Municipal Emergency Management Planning Committee(MEMPC).

The Municipal Flood Emergency Plan is consistent with the Regional Flood Emergency Plan and the State Flood Emergency Plan and is a result of the cooperative efforts of the City of Whittlesea MEMPC and its member agencies.

Local Flood Guides

Whittlesea Local Flood Guide

Thomastown and Lalor Local Flood Guide

Whittlesea City Council Municipal Storm & Flood Emergency Plan May 2018


The difference between landslip and landslide is that landslip is the sliding of a mass of land down a slope or cliff; while landslide is a natural disaster that involves the breakup and downhill flow of rock, mud, water and anything caught in the path. Read more about landslip on the SES website.