Watch and Act – Barwon River flooding

Lui Zacher
October 23, 2022 / 3:15 am

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There is a Watch and Act alert for areas along the Barwon River as it approaches moderate flood levels in Geelong.

At midday Sunday, the river was at a minor flood level of 3.05m, just 5cm away from being considered a moderate flood.


 Minor flooding is occurring at Pollocksford but Bureau of Meteorology data shows the peak may have passed with the latest recorded river height at 12:00pm Sunday

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The Barwon River at Geelong is still yet to peak with Vic Emergency warning the river may peak at 3.40m Sunday night or Monday morning 

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Keep up to date with the latest information on the VicEmergency website

Stay safe – avoid the flooded area. Be aware of potential hazards caused by flooding and never enter floodwater. 
What you should do:
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never enter floodwater.
  • Farmers should move livestock and machinery to higher ground.

If you choose to leave:

  • Remember to take your pets, mobile phone, spare clothes and medications.
  • Travel to the home of family or friends who are in a safe location, away from flooding.
  • Be aware of any road closures when you leave.

If you are travelling:

  • Do not enter flooded areas. Turn around a find a safe alternative route.
  • Be aware of road hazards including mud, debris and damaged roads or bridges.
  • Floodwater is dangerous – never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.
Impacts in your area:

  • High river levels and potential flooding in areas close to rivers and streams.
  • Some minor roads and bridges may be closed due to flooding.
  • Parks, hiking tracks and campgrounds are closed due to flooding. To find out more go to
This message was issued by State Emergency Service.

The next update is expected by 23/10/2022 06:00 pm or as the situation changes.
Use multiple sources to stay informed:
The following services can help you, or someone you know, access information during an emergency.
  • To access this information in other languages, call the Translating and Interpreting Service on 131 450 (freecall) and ask them to call VicEmergency Hotline.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech/communication impairment contact National Relay Service on 1800 555 677 and ask them to call the VicEmergency Hotline.