With our urban areas situated along the River Derwent, and rivulets and creeks flowing down from the hills and kunanyi/Mount Wellington, there are certain areas in Glenorchy municipality which may flood.

It is important to be aware of any flood risk that might affect where you live, where you own property and where you work.

Council preparation for floods

We are currently doing a detailed assessment of flood risks across the entire urban area, building on the experience of past flood events and flood analysis.

We have contact with the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), the State Emergency Service (SES), TasWater and the Tasmania Police. We also have an Emergency Management Plan which lists specific actions to be implemented for a flood event.
We have a Flood Early Warning System for the Glenorchy CBD and surrounding area. During extreme flood events, this system will provide Council with advanced warning, and allow us to take action to minimise the impact of flooding from Humphreys Rivulet and Barossa Rivulet, which flow through the city centre.

How you can prepare for floods

Be prepared

  • Know your local area, particularly if there is a history of flooding.
  • Have an emergency kit on hand, including a battery operated radio, torch and spare batteries.
  • Keep a list of emergency numbers handy.
  • Identify evacuation routes and centres.

Stay alert

  • Stay tuned to local media for current weather advice and warnings
  • Keep an eye out and don't allow children to play in, or near, flood waters.

Don't delay

  • Always follow instructions and directions from local authorities.
  • Be ready to evacuate if necessary.

Act safe

  • Never drive in flood waters.
  • Never swim or wade in floodwaters.
  • Continue to monitor your local media for updated information and advice.

To learn more about what you can do before, during and after floods, please visit the Tasmania State Emergency Service website (external link).