Damage to the Mosquito Creek Bridge, near Bendigo, after a major weather event and flooding in January 2024.

 Damage to the Mosquito Creek Bridge, near Bendigo, after a major weather event and flooding in January 2024.

Update - January 2024

In January, roads in north-east and north central Victoria were significantly impacted by floods.

More than 100 roads across the state have been closed due to the latest flooding, including a mix of state and council-managed roads.

October 2022 emergency road repair blitz

These latest flood events follow 2021-22, which were among the wettest in Victoria’s history, with record rainfalls impacting many areas of the state.

2022 alone was the fifth-wettest year since records began in 1900, and the wettest year since 1974. 

October 2022 was the single-wettest month ever recorded in Victoria, based on records dating back to 1900. 

During 2022, more than 25 areas across the state recorded their record highest annual rainfall, while a further 83 areas recorded their highest annual rainfall in 20 years.

Following the 2022 floods, $165 million was allocated to delivering emergency flood repairs, with a further $770 million set to be spent on maintaining our roads during the 2023-24 maintenance season. 

These funds went towards finding and fixing potholes, asphalting and repairing road surfaces damaged by the floods. It also covered large-scale works like rebuilding roads, bridges and culverts, particularly in the hardest hit areas of Western, Loddon Mallee and Hume regions.

What this means for you

Those who encounter detours are urged to follow detour signs in place rather than following GPS.

For all road closures and detours, please visit the VicTraffic website

While the best advice for driving during floods is to avoid it altogether, if you need to drive when it’s raining heavily, there are some things you can do to stay safe:

  • Whenever visibility is reduced by rain, turn on your headlines and reduce your speed. Keep your eye out for changing conditions. 
  • Never drive through a flood or on any roads covered by volumes of water, as it’s impossible to see dangers like fallen branches beneath the surface.
  • In extreme events, drive to somewhere safe, away from drains and culverts and wait for conditions to improve.

Staying safe

Please take care and be aware of driving hazards, such as potholes, debris, damaged roads and fallen and damaged trees. 

If drivers do encounter any hazards across our road network, including potholes, fallen trees of water over the road, we encourage them to call our customer service hotlines on 13 11 70 or 133 778 (Regional Roads Victoria).