Gippsland, Victoria, June 2007

Flood - Gippsland

Quick Statistics

1 Fatalities
$15 million Insurance Costs

In late June 2007, the Gippsland area received record rainfall associated with an intense low pressure system. The substantial rain event followed the Great Divide Bushfires when 1.2 million hectares of public and private land were burnt and large areas of soil were left exposed.

The storm in June 2007 resulted in major flooding and widespread damage. Seven rivers burst their banks causing millions of dollars of damage to homes, businesses and farms, as well as a significant loss of public and private assets. The rapidly rising floodwaters forced dozens of rescues and evacuations. One person died as a result of the floodwaters. During 48 hours of torrential rain, more than 1000 emergency service staff worked to save homes and shops in towns throughout Gippsland. Relief centres were set up at Bairnsdale, Lakes Entrance, Paynesville, Sale, Lucknow and Loch Sport and housed up to 360 evacuees. Volunteers also provided medical aid and catering with other organisations such as the Lions Club.

The State Government established a Flood Recovery Ministerial Taskforce, which assessed community need and planned the recovery program. The Taskforce announced a $60 million Flood Recovery Initiative covering among other things the cost of work on some 400 roads, bridges and 80 walking tracks spanning hundreds of km and clearing debris from the regions’ water supplies, catchments and recreation areas.

The Insurance Council of Australia estimated the 2007 damage at $15 million, with the 2011 estimated normalised cost of $18 million.

Information Sources

Australian Bureau of Statistics, Feature Article 4: Natural disasters in Australia, Floods - Gippsland - July 2007, website viewed 27 September 2011
Department of Sustainability and Environment, 2007 Gippsland Flood/Storm recovery program final report, February 2010, website viewed 27 September 2011
GeoScience Australia, ‘Gippsland flooding revealed,’ Medhavy Thankappan, AusGeo News, Issue No. 87, September 2007, website viewed 20 January 2015
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Flood Victoria, Post 2000 floods, website viewed 26 September 2011
Insurance Council of Australia, Historical disaster statistics, 25 August 2011, website viewed 27 September 2011
Office of Emergency Services Commissioner, Emergency management in Victoria, 2007 Gippsland floods review, Spring 2007, issue 20, website viewed 27 September 2011
Victoria State Emergency Service, Summary of major floods in Victoria, website viewed 26 September 2011