Officials say they are almost ready to make public the new flood defence options for two central Victorian towns.
Carisbrook and Rochester were among the towns hardest hit by the January 2011 floods that inundated thousands of homes across the state's north.
The North Central Catchment Management Authority has since been working on new flood plans to reflect where the water rose.
The authority's Damian Wells says flood mitigation options for Carisbrook and Rochester will be presented at public meetings before Christmas.
"What we've got to consider here is that all of these towns we're dealing with [have] legacy issues, in terms of some of our towns weren't sited in the best places, relative to rivers and streams," he said.
"So it's about not necessarily eliminating flood risk, it's about mitigating flood risk."
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