Melbourne, Victoria, December 1999

Flood - Melbourne and Central Victoria

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$10 million Insurance Costs

On 26 to 28 December 1999, high rainfall in the northern suburbs of Melbourne caused localised flooding. In Carisbrook, central Victoria, over the same period the local catchment area received the most significant rainfall totals in more than 100 years. The southwest side of the town was flooded by overland flows from the Mosquito Flat and Craigie catchment area between Carisbrook and Maryborough. A number of properties in the town were affected and the Pyrenees Highway was closed.

The Insurance Council of Australia estimated the 1999 damage at $10 million, with the 2011 estimated normalised cost of $23 million.


Information Sources

Central Goldfields Shire Flood Emergency Plan: a sub-plan of the Municipal Emergency Management Plan, Version 1 June 2013, viewed online 27 January 2015

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority, Flood Victoria, 1971 to 2000 floods, website viewed 28 September 2011

Insurance Council of Australia, Historical disaster statistics, March 2012, website viewed 15 May 2012