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Flooding

 

FLOODING

 

The North Burnett Region is prone to flooding from time to time. Our region encompasses a large catchment area which flows into four rivers - the Auburn, Nogo, Perry and Stuart, all of which join our major river - the Burnett. When flooding does occur, many major and minor creeks also experience significant rises, resulting in road closures and various levels of road damage.

  • Remember! Never drive through swollen creeks or rivers
  • Never swim in storm drains or flood affected areas

Gayndah Flood Map
Monto Flood Map
Mundubbera Flood Map
Link to interactive mapping


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FLOODING

Queensland's subtropical climate means our state experiences flooding from a variety of sources, particularly during the summer storm season from November through to March. However, it is important to note flooding can occur at any time of the year. 

There are 4 types of flooding within North Burnett.  These are:

  • Flash flooding: Results from relatively short, intense bursts of rainfall resulting in very fast, powerful, swift moving water.
  • Localised flooding: Occurs when part of the storm water drainage system capacity is exceeded.  Flooding is influenced by infrastructure such as stormwater pipes, roads, fences and walls.
  • Creek flooding: Happens when intense rain falls over a creek catchment.
  • River flooding: Results from widespread and prolonged rainfall over a major river's catchment area. 

The Bureau of Meteorology uses the following flood terms. It is important to know what they mean.

  • Minor flooding: Causes inconvenience. Low-lying areas next to watercourses are inundated which may require the removal of stock and equipment. Minor roads may be closed and low-level bridges submerged.
  • Moderate flooding: In addition to the above, the evacuation of some houses may be required. Main traffic routes may be covered. The area of inundation is substantial in rural areas requiring the removal of stock.
  • Major flooding: In addition to the above, extensive rural areas and/or urban areas are inundated. Properties and towns are likely to be isolated and major traffic routes likely to be closed. Evacuation of people from flood affected areas may be required.
  • Local Flooding: Used where intense rainfall could be expected to cause high runoff in limited areas local to the rainfall, but not necessarily leading to significant rises in main streams.
  • Flash Flooding: Flooding occurring in less than 6 hours of rain, usually the result of intense local rain and characterised by rapid rises in water levels. They are difficult to predict accurately and give little time for effective preventive action.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO PREPARE FOR A FLOOD?

If your area is flood-prone, you should:

  • Develop a Household Emergency Plan .  This should include Emergency contacts and meeting places in the event that you are separated from your family or you cannot return home.
  • Prepare an Evacuation Kit  and an Emergency Kit .
  • Keep a list of Emergency phone numbers stored in your mobile phone and on display.
  • If you have a traditional landline phone (non-portable), store this in your Emergency Kit for use when you lose power.
  • Prepare your pets - plan how you will look after your pets. Make sure all pets have collars and tags with up-to-date contact information (Fact Sheet 7).
  • Check home insurance is current and adequate. Check it covers you for flooding including clean-up and debris removal.
  • Ensure your home has a safety switch installed and/or consider relocating your switchboard and any wiring in your home to above known flood levels.
  • Teach children how and when to call Triple Zero (000) in an emergency (or 112 from mobile phones).
  • Ensure everyone knows where, how and when to turn off the main power and water supply in case of emergency and evacuation.
  • Know your neighbours - Plan how your neighbourhood could work together (Fact Sheet 6) .
  • Do regular checks and practices of your Household Emergency Plan, Emergency Kit and Evacuation Kit to make sure you're ready. 

For information on preparing for disasters in other languages, click here.

To help prepare and assist your community in preparing for and responding to floods - consider joining the State Emergency Service or register with Volunteering Queensland

HOW DO YOU KEEP UP TO DATE WITH WARNINGS?

  • Flood warnings, rainfall and river height gauge readings can be found on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
  • Monitor Council's website or follow Council's Facebook page for local updates.
  • Sirens and loud-hailer announcements that Emergency Services may use in certain circumstances.
  • Emergency Services personnel who may door-knock your local area to pass on warnings.
  • Emergency Alert - is the national telephone warning system used by emergency services to send voice messages to landlines and text messages to mobile phones within a defined area, about likely or actual emergencies.  For more information on Emergency Alert visit   http://www.emergencyalert.gov.au/.
  • Warnings are broadcast on radio and television. The Standard Emergency Warning Signal (SEWS) is used when floods threaten lives (Fact Sheet 5).  However, you should not expect that detailed information will be available via these avenues every time.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WHEN A FLOOD WARNING IS ISSUED?

  • Prepare for evacuation as per your Household Emergency Plan (Fact Sheet 1).
  • Check your Evacuation Kit (Fact Sheet 2) and an Emergency Kit (Fact Sheet 3) is fully stocked (including essential medications).
  • Consider if early evacuation is appropriate for you, especially for frail or mobility impaired family members.
  • Check your neighbours (Fact Sheet 6) - Help friends, family and neighbours by passing on warnings.
  • Tune into Warnings (Fact Sheet 5) stay tuned into additional warnings and updates.
  • Move vehicles, outdoor equipment, garbage, chemicals and poisons to higher locations.
  • Secure any items that may float away or move in flood waters e.g. gas bottles, garbage bins.
  • Store drinking water in clean bathtubs, sinks, plastic bottles, cooking pots and any other safe storage containers.
  • Plan which indoor items you will raise or empty if water threatens your home.
  • Prepare your Pets (Fact Sheet 7) - considering moving your pets to a safer place otherwise secure animals inside so that they do not take flight, run away or hide.
  • If you have livestock, move them to a safe area.
  • Where possible, move any electrical equipment to higher ground.
  • Turn off and unplug any electrical appliances that may become inundated with water.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU NEED TO EVACUATE?

When evacuation is imminent

  • Tune into Warnings (Fact Sheet 5).
  • Don't wait to be told - Self evacuate to your predetermined evacuation destination if you live in a flood prone area or require support - inform your neighbours/friends/emergency services if you do plan to self evacuate.
  • Plan your evacuation route to avoid flood water and other possible hazards.
  • Raise your pre-determined furniture, clothing and valuables on to beds, tables and into roof spaces.
  • Empty fridges and freezers, leaving the doors open.
  • Place sandbags in the toilet bowl and over all laundry/bathroom drain holes to prevent sewage back-flow.
  • Check your neighbours (Fact Sheet 6) and friends who may need special assistance.
  • Prepare your Pets (Fact Sheet 7) - have your pets ready to go - if you are unable to take your pets with you never leave them tied up or chained and provide adequate food and water in large heavy bowls.
  • Fill your petrol tank and stock your car with emergency supplies.
  • Charge your mobile phone.
  • Call your out of town contact before you leave and once you arrive at your evacuation location. You can also use social media to post your status to let family and friends know you are okay.
  • Consider leaving a note advising you have evacuated.  Emergency services will then know you are safe and accounted for.  If you leave your pets behind include their name and details on the note.

When you have been told to evacuate

  • Act quickly on the advice provided
  • Follow all instructions by emergency authorities and react to changing conditions
  • Turn off all the main power, water and gas supply, unplug all appliances
  • Ensure all family members are wearing strong shoes and suitable clothing
  • Travel light - do not risk your safety with replaceable possession
  • If available - consider putting call-forwarding on and forward your home phone number to your mobile phone number
  • Lock your home and take the recommended evacuation routes for your area
  • Take your pets
  • Take your Evacuation Kit (Fact Sheet 2) and an Emergency Kit (Fact Sheet 3) and commence your evacuation arrangements
  • Seek shelter at your predetermined evacuation location
  • Once evacuated consider registering with the local evacuation center to help others find you or self register on the Register.Find.Reunite. site.  Register.Find.Reunite is launched during emergency situations to help people reconnect with family and friends. 

Click here to see further information regarding evacuation.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO EVACUATE?

  • Tune into Warnings (Fact Sheet 5) - stay tuned into additional warnings and updates
  • The best option when you are not required to evacuate is to shelter in a safe and secure structure at home or with family and friends
  • Don't allow children to play in, or near flood waters
  • Be aware of the increase likelihood of contact with wildlife such a snakes and spiders
  • Stay away from drains, culverts and any flowing water
  • Store drinking water in clean and suitable containers.  Any water you suspect may be contaminated should be treated before drinking
  • Keep your  Emergency Kit (Fact Sheet 3) close at hand.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO AFTER THE FLOOD PASSES?

  • Wait until authorities have declared the area safe before entering a flood zone - If you are allowed to return to your home, do so using the recommended routes only
  • Do not go sightseeing
  • Check on your neighbours (Fact Sheet 6)
  • Don't use gas or electrical appliances  which have been in flood water until checked for safety
  • Check with electricity and water authorities to determine whether supplies to your area have been interrupted and are safe to be turned on by you
  • If you're experiencing dull or flickering lights, 'brown out', low voltage, partial supply tingles or shocks from an electrical appliance or water taps, turn off and unplug appliances at the power point. Do not touch your switchboard or anything metal in your home and call Ergon 13 22 96 immediately
  • Don't eat food which has been in flood waters. This includes food from fruit trees and vegetable gardens.
  • Boil tap water until supplies have been declared safe. If the water supply system has been flooded, you must assume it is contaminated.
  • Wait until flood water has fallen below floor level before returning to a flood affected  house.
  • Wear rubber boots (or at least rubber-soled shoes) and rubber or leather gloves.
  • When cleaning up your house and yard following a flood, remove any stagnant pools of water to help prevent mosquito-borne diseases.
  • Contact your Insurance company before removing or discarding flood effected items
  • Take photographs of flood affected items and /or buildings to assist with claims. Keep good records of repair and cleaning costs.
  • Stay away from damaged powerlines, fallen trees and flood water
  • Keep children out of drains, creeks or rivers
  • Watch animals closely - Keep all your animals under your direct control. If there has been damage to boundary fences pets may be able to escape from your home. Be aware of hazards at nose, paw or hoof level, particularly glass or downed power lines
  • Do not corner wild animals that have taken refuge in your home - provide an escape route by opening a window or door
  • Do not attempt to move any large dead animal carcass. Contact Council for help and instructions
  • Recognise the signs of disaster related stress. Profound sadness, grief, and anger are normal reactions to a disaster event.