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Wimmera CMA

Street Address:
24 Darlot Street, Horsham, 3400
(enter via Gleed St)

Postal Address:
PO Box 479, Horsham, VIC, 3402
Phone: (03) 5382 1544
Fax: (03) 5382 6076
Office Hours:
Monday to Friday, 8:30 - 5:00pm
(excluding Public Holidays and Christmas - New Year Closure.  Office may also be closed for short periods Monday mornings)


Flood survey now closed

Apr 03, 2020

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this survey, which has now closed. We will collate the feedback and keep you updated on what we learnt from you. Thanks again!

Do you have a flood plan?

Do you know what a 1% flood is?

These questions are part of our new flood survey, and we’d love to hear from you! We’ve posted paper surveys to some households and you can also complete the survey online here.
The survey is part of Wimmera CMA research into the community’s response to flooding risks and mitigation for their properties. The surveys will take about five minutes to complete.


Below is some more information about the survey.

Wimmera flood research project underway

Extensive investigations into flooding across the region has given flood managers and emergency services a thorough understanding of flood risks. The focus now needs to turn to the community’s knowledge and address any gaps.

“For example, we have been providing 1% or 1-in-100 flood mapping for more than 20 years but this is just one type of flood risk. We are interested to know if the community know what would happen in larger floods and whether they are prepared,” Wimmera CMA floodplain management team leader Paul Fennell said.

People’s perception of their property’s flood risk is one aspect of the survey.

“If we know this, we have somewhere to start in terms of improving their knowledge. For example we might know a property has a really high flood risk and the property owner might think there is no risk at all. If this is the case, we need to work with that owner to improve their understanding of the risk.”

The survey is also interested in whether people have flood plans and what they involve.

“In the case of a catastrophic flood event, do residents have a flood plan? Will they stay, will they leave, where will they go and do they have an escape route?” Mr Fennell said.

Where people source their information during emergencies is also something the survey is seeking.

“When people are under stress they need to know exactly what is going on, and it is up to emergency management organisations to communicate as clearly as possible. To do this we need to understand which sources they trust and what information is important when they’re making decisions about protecting their families and assets during floods.” 

The surveys are part of the Wimmera Floodplain Management Strategy’s Community Floodplain Knowledge and Language project. International expert in disaster management and education Neil Dufty from Molino Stewart is working with Water Technology on behalf of Wimmera CMA to deliver the project.

Mr Dufty said a range of psychological and sociological factors influenced flood risk awareness, understanding and preparedness.

“These include prior flood experience and local knowledge, social capital, availability and effectiveness of flood education, risk perception, coping appraisal, self-efficacy and trust in authorities and the information they provide,” he said.

“This is the first project of its type in Victoria that I am aware of and will contribute positively towards building flood resilience in the Wimmera. We are excited to be working on this project – what we learn in the Wimmera context will benefit other regions.”