In early June 2012, parts of Gippsland, Victoria, experienced a severe weather event with heavy rainfall and widespread flooding across a number of municipalities – including Latrobe City, Wellington and East Gippsland – affecting tens of thousands of Victorians.
The impact of the severe weather event was exacerbated by rainfall and flooding earlier in May, which resulted in saturated catchments with varying degrees of ability to absorb any more water.
The emergency service providers were also significantly challenged by concurrent windstorms, causing damage particularly to the east of Bairnsdale
At the time of the event, it was widely reported that certain communities in the most affected areas believed the procedures for warning and informing them had failed them.
As a result, the Minister for Police and Emergency Services requested the Emergency Services Commissioner to review the effectiveness, timeliness and relevance of the community information and warnings.
The terms of reference were to:
- determine the effectiveness of information and warnings disseminated to communities which were under immediate threat of floodwaters (in the June 2012 Gippsland flood event)
- assessment of the timeliness and relevance of community information and warnings issued during this event.
The review findings identify key opportunities for improvement in three broad, inter-related areas - management of community expectations, agency incident management preparedness, and efficient and effective supporting tools and processes.
The review’s findings also lend support to the recommendations of the Review of the 2010-11 Flood Warnings and Response.
The 2012 Gippsland Flood Event - Review of Flood Warnings and Information Systems report is available below.
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|Publication Date||October 2014|