Manage flooding

Floods are natural and we can’t stop them from happening, but we aim to minimise the damage they cause to people, places and communities. We deliver a variety of projects and services to lessen flood risk – including looking after more than 1,400 kilometres of drains.

Flooding in Melbourne

Types of flooding that affect Melbourne communities, what causes houses and roads to flood.

Minimising the impact of floods

We can’t prevent all floods, but we carry out activities to reduce their severity and impacts for areas at greatest risk.

Drainage system

The drainage system reduces flood damage by carrying water safely away from properties.

Retarding basins

An important feature of Melbourne’s drainage system to help reduce flooding to homes and businesses.
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