Floods can occur almost anywhere in Queensland and can rise over days, or in minutes in a ‘flash flood’. Don’t enter floodwater – even water 30cm deep could sweep you off your feet and there is a high probability that flood water will be polluted and harmful to your health.

Below is useful information to assist you to get ready for a flood event.

For current information about flooding go to the Queensland Government disasters and alerts web page or the Bureau of Meteorology Queensland weather and warnings web page.

Prepare to stay safe

Every year Queenslanders risk their lives by driving through floodwater.

The only way to stay safe is to stay out of floodwater. And the best way to avoid floodwater is reconsidering whether you need to go out at all.

The Queensland Government’s floodwater safety initiative includes:

  • Plans to help you stay safe in case of an emergency.
  • Dangers connected to floodwater or swift flowing water.
  • Understanding our behaviour and attitude faced with driving through floodwater.
  • Flooded Roads Map which uses real-time data and user reports to give you a picture of the flood-risk for your journey.

Find all the tools you need to stay safe at http://www.qld.gov.au/floodedroads


Be prepared

The following websites and fact sheets will help you to be prepared for floods:

Queensland Government

Queensland Health

Local Council

Download the Get Ready fact sheets


For children

Federal Government’s information for school aged kids:

A group of friends having big adventures and learning about natural hazards:


During and after

Visit the following Government websites:

Tune-in to the Australian Broadcasting Commission:

In case of fallen powerlines:

In South East Queensland call Energex on 13 62 62

In all other Queensland areas call Ergon Energy on 13 22 96

For information on volunteering:

For insurance information: