The Murrumbidgee River has flooded on a number of occasions, causing flood damage and inconvenience to Wagga Wagga.

Council's Role in Flood Management

Wagga Wagga City Council’s role is to investigate the risk of flooding and to prepare for future floods through the FloodFutures capital works project, land use planning and development control.

It is not possible to predict when, where, or how big the next flood will be. However, we can estimate the likelihood of different sizes of floods and their consequences so we can plan ahead.

The State Emergency Service (SES) is the lead emergency management agency during floods.

Wagga Wagga City Council’s role during a flood is to assist emergency management departments such as SES, Rural Fire Service and NSW Police.

Wagga Wagga City Council applies for funding from the government to cover public asset damages and coordinates repairs to damaged public assets such as roads, parks, trees and drainage.

Emergency Flood Support

State Emergency Service (SES)

If you need emergency help due to flooding, contact the SES on 132 500.

The State Emergency Service (SES) is the lead agency in the event of flood or storm damage

SES Website

Legal Aid NSW Disaster Response Legal Service (DRLS)

Any person in NSW who has been affected by the current flooding and storm events can access free legal help from the Legal Aid NSW Disaster Response Legal Service (DRLS).

The Disaster Response Legal Service provides free legal help for disaster affected individuals in NSW with legal issues like:

  1. Insurance claims and disputes
  2. Housing and rental problems including caravan parks
  3. Credit, debt, fines and financial hardship
  4. Eligibility for disaster welfare payments and Government grants
  5. Employment – unfair dismissals, entitlements
  6. Replacing important documents
  7. Domestic violence
  8. Other legal problems related to disasters.

Anyone affected by a disaster can get free help by contacting the Disaster Response Legal Service NSW helpline on 1800 801 529 (9am to 5pm weekdays).


For information on WaterNSW water storages’ levels and releases:

WaterNSW Water Insights

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)

For information on weather forecasts and warnings:

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) Website

For the latest river height data at Wagga Wagga:

BOM - River Height Data at Wagga Wagga

Wagga Wagga City Council

Council's role during a flood is to assist emergency management departments such as SES, Rural Fire Service and NSW Police

What do I do if there is threat of flooding in my area?

  • Check the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for updates on flood warnings and river heights in your area
  • Stay indoors and listen to your radio for regular updates on developing situations (ABC Riverina - Wagga 102.7FM)
  • Make contact with your neighbours and share information
  • Never walk or drive through flood water
  • If your home is damaged or flooded call SES on 132 500
  • Take the advice of the SES or emergency personnel if an evacuation order is given.

Follow the City of Wagga Wagga on Twitter or Facebook for regular updates including road closures

Department of Primary Industry and Environment Floodplain Management

DPIE supports councils and communities to help reduce flood risk through the Floodplain Management Program.

Under the program, DPIE provides expert advice and support on flood modelling, risk assessment, management options, planning and environmental considerations, and community engagement.

DPIE and Wagga Wagga City Council are partners in managing all development and planning decisions on our floodplain.

The main objective of the policy is to reduce the impacts of flooding and flood liability on our communities and private and public losses using ecologically positive methods wherever possible.

For more information about DPIE and their work, visit their website via the link below.

Floodplains - Department of Primary Industry and Environment