Victoria, January 2011

Flood - Victoria

Quick Statistics

1 Fatalities
$126 million Insurance Costs

On 13 and 14 January 2011, large amounts of tropical air combined with a low pressure trough brought heavy rain to areas of south-east Australia. The heaviest rain spread into Victoria, resulting in record rainfall in parts of west and north-west Victoria. This, combined with saturated conditions of the catchment and floodplains, caused severe flooding.

Jeparit recorded the highest daily rainfall of 161.2 mm, with seven other monitoring stations breaking their highest daily rainfall records. Weather stations at Kyneton, Annuello, Rupanyup and Maryborough observed their highest ever rainfall total for anymonth on record.

The Wimmera, Avoca, Loddon and Campaspe river catchment areas all reached record flood peaks. The Barwon catchment and the Lerderderg River in the Werribee catchment also experienced major flooding. The towns of Charlton, Bridgewater, Carisbrook, Rochester, Horsham and Echuca experienced the greatest levels of inundation.

The flooding of the Goulburn River resulted in the drowning of a personĀ in a flooded billabong near Shepparton.

The Insurance Council of Australia estimated the preliminary 2011 damage at $126 million.

Information Sources

Bureau of Meteorology, SPECIAL CLIMATE STATEMENT 24; Frequent heavy rain events in late 2010/early 2011 lead to widespread flooding across eastern Australia. First Issued 7th January 2011, Updated 25th January 2011
Bureau of Meteorology, SPECIAL CLIMATE STATEMENT 26; Record wet January brings unprecedented flooding to northwest Victoria. First Issued 21st January 2011, Updated 25th February 2011
Department of Sustainability and Environment website, New maps show severity of floods in Victoria, 4 March 2011, viewed 24.03.2011
Victorian Government, Office of Water website, Victorian Floods January 2011, viewed 24.03.2011
Insurance Council of Australia, Historical disaster statistics, March 2012, website viewed 18 May 2012