The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued a Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall and thunderstorms across Victoria starting Thursday evening.

These storms are expected to cause an unusual amount of rain that may lead to flash flooding in flood-prone areas. 

Remember to stay away from creeks and drains and never walk, ride or drive through floodwaters. As Boroondara contains a number of flood prone areas, residents are warned to take precautions, and monitor the situation. 

Who to contact for help

  • If you have a life-threatening emergency please call 000 
  • If your home or vehicle has been damaged as a result of the storm or floods, please call SES on 132 500. Further information on when to call SES
  • If you wish to report a blocked drain, flooded Council facility or local road that is flooded please call 9278 4444, even out of hours. Please do not try to clear blocked drains yourself.  
  • Council does not have sandbags available. Please see the SES collection points for sandbags.

Find out if your area is flood prone

The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) website contains flood information for Boroondara including local flood guides for Glen Iris/Camberwell and flood guides for Hawthorn/Hawthorn East which show if you live in or near an area that may be at risk.

Monitor the situation

  • Check the VicEmergency website for emergency warnings and the latest information about hazards in your area
  • Download the VicEmergency app for real-time warnings from the SES and other Victorian emergency services
  • Check for local flood warnings at the BOM or follow @BOM_Vic on Twitter for the latest weather updates. 

We’ll also be monitoring local conditions and posting updates to our Facebook and Twitter feeds over the next couple of days about road closures or local issues.

Services and events affected

A number of community events across Boroondara have also been cancelled in anticipation of the bad weather, including:

Other events, such as Kew Community Carols by Candlelight, have moved indoors. 

We will update our website if we are informed about other event cancellations but we recommend you contact organisers if you are planning to attend any activities this weekend.

A note from our Libraries: Don’t worry about getting your library books back on time if they are due this weekend - extension will be granted on all books due back over the weekend. 

How we plan for extreme events

The last major flood event in Boroondara occurred in 2011 and saw significant flooding in Camberwell Junction, road closures and the washing away of the Solway pedestrian bridge over Gardiner’s Creek.

We have a Municipal Emergency Management Plan, which includes a Storm and Flood Emergency Plan, to enable us to prepare and act in the event of an emergency. Find out more at Municipal Emergency Management Plan.