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Flood hazard management

The department has been appointed as the Hazard Leader for flood as part of the State Emergency Management Plan.

As a Hazard Leader, the department leads and coordinates activities that help South Australia prepare for, manage and respond to such natural disasters. 

Flood hazard

The department is coordinating information about flood that enables emergency response agencies to plan and implement operational activities in emergency flood events

  • collating flood maps from across metropolitan and rural areas of South Australia to assist the public with learning about their flood risk 
  • undertaking risk assessments to identify the priority flood risks the state
  • providing advice to the community about River Murray flows in South Australia and advice to emergency managers on River Murray flood 
  • working with the State Emergency Service to provide information for community education programs for flood hazard
  • working with a range of government agencies, councils and other stakeholders to improve flood management in areas such as flood warning, land use planning, community awareness, mitigation and emergency management. 

To find out your area’s risk of flood refer to the Flood Awareness Map. The map also allows you to:

  • access relevant flood information to inform you about flood risks
  • easily search for existing flood risks in your area
  • obtain more information about flood risks in your area.

Private dam maintenance and management in emergencies

There are more than 30 000 privately owned dams in South Australia. Some of these dams would pose a significant safety threat to downstream communities if they were to fail. Private dam owners often overlook their responsibility to maintain their dams, increasing the risks to downstream communities. Guidelines aimed at providing dam owners and emergency responders with more information about preventing and responding to such hazards have been recently developed for public use.  

The following documents are available:

Improved dam and levee bank management and other priorities for improved flood management in South Australia.

Consultation on three draft position papers took place earlier in 2019.

As a result of consultation 30 responses were received from individuals and organisations.In terms of the target audience, local government and the former NRM boards were well represented and there was a reasonable response from the water industry and emergency management sector. Overall, the breadth of issues raised in the feedback was very valuable and will help improve the draft policies outlined in the position papers and assist in setting priorities for improving flood management in South Australia.

The consultation report can be found here

The Department for Environment and Water is finalising the position papers, considering the responses received and having further discussions with key agencies and organisations to clarify some of the issues raised. The draft position papers will be updated to include consideration of responses received. This will result in changes to some elements of the proposed frameworks and inclusion of recommended actions.  

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