Links to relevant websites:
Bureau of Meteorology: http://www.bom.gov.au/hydro/flood/qld/
Flood Warning Definitions:
Minor flooding causes inconvenience such as closure of minor local roads and low bridges.
Low lying areas will be inundated requiring removal of stock, equipment and evacuation of isolated homes. Main traffic bridges may be covered.
Higher areas will be inundated with isolation of towns and properties, causing extensive damage.
Where intense rain can be expected to cause high run-off in restricted areas, but doesn't cause significant rises in main streams.
Significant River Rises
This term is used when river rises are expected but it is not certain what flood levels will be exceeded in main streams. This term will be used by the Bureau of Meteorology to alert landholders of the need to remove pumps and irrigation equipment from waterways and plan for stock removal.
What can you do when you receive a flood warning?
- Listen to your local radio station for severe storm advice and warnings;
- Plan to move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and poisons to higher locations;
- Plan which indoor items you will raise or empty if water threatens your home (e.g. freezers and refrigerators); and
- Check your emergency kit and safeguard your pets.
What to do if you need to evacuate?
- Pack warm clothing, essential medications, valuables, personal papers, mobile phone, photos and mementos in waterproof bags to be taken with your emergency kit;
- Raise furniture, clothing and valuables on to beds, tables and into roof spaces;
- Empty freezers and refrigerators, leaving doors open;
- Turn off power, water and gas;
- Whether you leave or stay, put sandbags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage back-flow;
- Lock your home and take recommended evacuation routes for your area; and
- Don’t drive in water of unknown depth and current.
What do you do if you stay or on your return?
- Listen to your local radio station for official Advices and Warnings;
- Don’t allow children to play in, or near flood waters;
- Avoid entering floodwaters. If you must, wear solid shoes and check depth and current with a stick;
- Stay away from drains, culverts and water over knee-deep;
- Don’t use gas or electrical appliances which have been in flood water until checked for safety;
- Don’t eat food which has been in flood waters; and
- Boil tap water until supplies have been declared safe.