Flood Recovery

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Recovery is well underway following the flooding events in October and November 2022.  This page will provide up to date recovery information.  Council's Flood Recovery Team are available to provide support and to answer any questions.  The Team can be contacted on phone 1300 797 363 or email recovery@pyrenees.vic.gov.au.

Flood recovery information

Flood Recovery Newsletter
Expression of Interest - Municipal Recovery Coordination Committee
Repairs to infrastructure in the Pyrenees Shire
Registration for affected residents
Recovery Support – Windermere service for Pyrenees Council
Relief Assistance
Business and Agriculture
Waste Collection
Road Closures
Health Information
Flood Recovery Fact Sheets
Flood Recovery Plan


Flood Recovery Newsletter

The 24 February 2023 issue of the Flood Recovery Newsletter is now out. The newsletter is designed to keep the Pyrenees community up to date with the latest information and support to help recover from the flood events. We know the impacts can be felt for quite some time after natural disasters, and we hope this newsletter can go some way to help make the recovery process easier by providing access to quality information.

You can read the newsletter by clicking on the link below.  It is also available in hard copy at the Shire Offices and Resource Centre in Beaufort and also the Avoca Information & Community Centre.

We believe strongly that communication should be two-way, and Council is encouraging residents to provide input and feedback by contacting the Flood Recovery Team on 1300 797 363.  Next Edition is 24 March 2023.

Newsletter 24 February 2023(PDF, 2MB)

Newsletter 17 March 2023(PDF, 1MB)

If you would like to receive the newsletter via email please complete this form.

Expression of Interest - Municipal Recovery Coordination Committee

Council is calling residents to be members of the Municipal Recovery Coordination Committee. This Committee is designed to oversee the recovery activities in the Pyrenees.

If you are interested in being on the Municipal Recovery Coordination Committee, or for more information please click on this link here.  EOIs are still open.

Repairs to infrastructure in the Pyrenees Shire

More than $7M worth of repairs to flood-damaged infrastructure has so far been identified throughout the Pyrenees Shire, and the list is continuing to grow as further inspections and estimates are completed. For the latest updates please visit our Repairs to infrastructure page.

Registration for affected residents

If you have been affected by the floods, please register your details online or call Council on 1300 797 363 to be put in contact with our dedicated recovery team.

Recovery Support – Windermere service for Pyrenees Council

On behalf of Council, Windermere staff are phoning residents who have registered with Council’s flood recovery team.

Windermere is a community support service providing recovery support for flood affected people across all of Victoria.

Windermere’s friendly and understanding Recovery support caseworkers will work with residents to help navigate the various support services that may be available to them as a result of storm and flood damage. This includes practical support such as helping to access accommodation, registering for cleanup, helping to understand available payments, as well as wellbeing support and financial counselling. Find out more about Windermere.

Flood Recovery Hotline
The Victorian Government has a Flood Recovery Hotline. Visit www.vic.gov.au/october-2022-flood-recovery or call 1800 560 760 for the latest information or assistance with:
  • navigating available supports
  • clean-up
  • free structural assessments
  • temporary accommodation
  • mental health and wellbeing support
The recovery hotline is open from 7.30am-7.30pm every day. Need an interpreter? Call the hotline on 1800 560 760 and press 9

For a full summary of relief and recovery support available see Support for Rural Business (PDF)(PDF, 88KB).

The Victorian Government is supporting primary producers across Victoria affected by the devastating floods to get back in business, with an initial $10,000 payment to primary producers directly affected by the floods to help them clean up, re-establish their properties, and get their businesses up and running again. See Primary Producer Flood Relief Program for details.

Council is putting landholders in touch with Landmate and BlazeAid, for help repairing flood-damaged fencing.

For more information on relief available to farmers affected by the October floods, including support available for loss of fencing or outbuildings, please contact our Manager Economic Development and Tourism, Ray Davies (Ray.Davies@pyrenees.vic.gov.au, p. 0434 668 359), Business Support & Events Officer, Melissa Dimond (Melissa.Dimond@pyrenees.vic.gov.au, p. 0407 352 353) or call Council offices on 1300 797 363. 

You can call Council on 1300 797 363 to organise the collection of flood-damaged carpet and household furniture.

If possible, move these items onto an open space, like your nature-strip, for collection.  Please do not put normal household waste with flood-damaged items.

Council cannot collect building material such as, bricks and rubble, timber framing, panelling or trim, plasterboard, cement sheet, glass or any hazardous materials.

Council can arrange to have a skip dropped off if required, so please let us know if you need it.

Road Closures 

For a summary of local road closures see Bridge works and road closures - Pyrenees Shire Council

Health Information

Be careful when assessing and working with flood-impacted property and waste. Floods can cause harmful materials, such as asbestos, to shift or react.

If floodwaters have affected your property your septic tank system may also be affected, potentially impacting your health and the health of your family. Ensure children and pets are kept away from wastewater affected areas and do not use or flush your toilet until you know that the septic tank system is intact.

If your sceptic system is damaged, please call a plumber for assistance.

For more information on floods and sceptic tanks please visit the Victorian Department of Health.

VicSES Local Flood Guides and Sandbagging Guide can help you better understand your flood risk, how flood warnings work and how to prepare yourself, your home or your business.

Fact Sheets


Flood Recovery Plan

The Pyrenees Shire Flood Recovery Plan 2022 (adopted by Council on 21st February 2022) has been developed to coordinate the flood recovery activities.  The Plan is broken up into two parts; 1. summary of the flooding events over October and November 2022 and 2. the action plan.  You can view or download the Plan by clicking on this link(PDF, 1MB).