Types of Flooding

There are two types of flood we are likely to experince in the Greater Shepparton Region. Flash Flooding and Riverine flooding. The difference is explained below.

In any flooding condition you should never enter flood water by foot or vehicle 

Flash Flooding

Flash Flooding is generally the result of storm activity and heavy down pours, there is generally a short notice period a storm is approaching and little time to react. A flash flooding event generally ends as quick as it started, leaving road inundated and water damage to properties due to unmaintained gutters, hail damage or low floor levels. 

Read more on Flash flooding preperation in our Storm Advice.

Reiverine Flooding

Riverine flooding is the result of a water course being unable to cope with the amount of water flowing through it. These flood generally get a few hours to a few days notice. In the past a flash flooding event in Seymour had resulted in Riverine Flood in Shepperton as the water processed through the Goulburn River. Major Riverine Flooding has the ability to impact roads, infrastructure (such as water, sewerage and power) and property. It is likely emergency information such watch and act and evacuations to take place in a Major Riverine Flood. 

Riverine flood can also be minor, causing a mild inconveniences to people who take part in activities near the river systems such as walking, riding and fishing.

Township flood guides

Vic SES has created several local flood guides for several areas in the council.

They can be viewed here: Local Flood Guides - Greater Shepparton

The detailed Municipal Emergency Management plan can be viewed here: Municipal Emergency Management Plan - Greater Shepparton City Council

Shepparton Search & Rescue has created a page for each of these locations to summarise the information published in those guide for the use of Local residents. Other information we deem helpful to the community will be added to these pages.

Propery Flood Guides

This guide has been produced by the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority and can simulate the possible outcome of flood water on your property at certain river heights including the hazard vulnerability classification. 

It can be accesses here: https://www.gbcma.vic.gov.au/our-region/waterway-floodplain-management/floodplain-planning/gbfloodintelligenceportal

It is important to be fully aware that the tools provide an estimate of the likely flood peak. They are not infallible and are unlikely to be as precise as BoM flood forecasts.

Flood Warnings

During a flood you can find information about advice and warnings from the following locations. 

Please note, that Shepparton Search and Rescue will not be a source of current information during a flood event, we are busy on the ground while experts from Emergency Management Victoria, Bureau of Meteorology, VIC SES, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority asses the situation and provide warnings and updates via the media listed above.

Road Closures

It is common place for roads to close in a flood. During a flood event at home or further away you should be checking the VicTraffic Website for road closure details so you can plan your trip.


Common roads to close during a Major flood in the Shepperton Area include but not limited to 


Shepperton Search and Rescue is not responsible for animal rescues at any time. This information is an extract of the 'Greater Shepparton City Council Flood Emergency plan 2023' and provided on this page to assist the community with information

Animal shelter compounds will be established for domestic pets and companion animals of evacuees. These facilities may be located at locations detailed below and coordinated by Shepperton Municipal Emergency Management Plan

Animal Shelter (Pets and other small animals)

Greater Shepparton Municipal Saleyards (Large animals and livestock)

Disruption to Services 

Disruption to a range of services can occur in the event of a flood. This may include road closures affecting school bus routes, truck routes, water treatment plant affecting potable water supplies etc. Please have an Emergecy plan in place prior to an event.

The following services are known to be impacting during flood

Sewerage to The Boulevard, Wanganui and Tassiker Estates

Sewerage to Taylors Estate and surrounds 

Midland Highway access across causeway to Mooroopna 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the difference between a Riverine flood and a Flash Flood


Q. It seems they are always saying 1 in 100 year flood every 10 years, what does this mean.
A. It's more relevant to the water boffins than it is to us. A better way of looking at it is percentage chance per year of an event.  So a 1 in 100 year flood has a 1% chance of happening every year. a 1 in 10 year flood has a 10% chance of happening every year.