As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

To reduce frequent flooding to local residences in Capel Sound, Melbourne Water will be constructing an earthen levee on Chinamans Creek.

Why this is important

Melbourne Water is committed to enhancing life and liveability in your area. These works are to ensure that low-lying properties in Muir Court, Capel Sound, are protected from regular flooding when high-rainfall events cause Chinamans Creek to overtop its banks.

Map showing site compound along west bank of Chinaman's Creek, north of Eastbourne Road

What’s happening and when

It has been determined that a collaborative effort between Mornington Peninsula Shire Council and Melbourne Water will be the most effective solution to mitigate flooding in the area:

  • Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has built a drainage pumping system to remove local flows from Muir Court and into Chinamans Creek
  • Melbourne Water is constructing an earthen levee parallel to Chinamans Creek to stop high flows entering the Muir Court area.


The section of Chinamans Creek where works will take place is north of Eastbourne Road, Capel Sound.


Stage What's happening When
Early investigations   An ecologist has been engaged to monitor swamp skink activity in the area prior to construction works commencing.    


Site mobilisation Equipment and machinery will be delivered to the site area. A site compound will be established on the east and west side of Chinamans Creek. Completed
Vegetation removal   Vegetation in the area where the levee is proposed will be cleared to allow for construction works. Completed
Earthen levee construction An earthen levee will be constructed. Completed
Revegetate the levee Planting appropriate grasses on the levee and surrounding areas. Early 2022
Reinstatement works Further works are required to reshape and reinstate the area alongside the levee Early 2022

What to expect

Work hours

  • Monday to Friday: 7am to 6pm
  • Saturdays: 9am to 1pm, where required.

We will do everything possible to minimise disruption, however it is likely that nearby residents will notice:

  • large trucks and machinery working around the area
  • some noise, dust and vibration from construction works
  • temporary traffic, pedestrian and cyclist disruption with construction traffic and equipment entering and exiting via Eastbourne Road
  • traffic management will be in place to safely guide pedestrians and road users around the work zone.

Contact us

If you have feedback or would like more information about this project, contact us:

1800 955 166

[email protected]

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Last updated:
11 January 2022