Thursday, April 25, 2024

Brisbane residents warned to be flood ready

Brisbane Lord Mayor, Adrian Schrinner, has today urged local residents to get prepared as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasts prolonged rainfall and thunderstorms for the next week.

“The Bureau has warned that wet weather is coming, so it’s important that residents get prepared, especially if you know you’re prone to flooding,” Lord Mayor Schrinner said.

“I know the February weather event has left many residents nervous, so my message to everyone is to be aware of the risks and be prepared.

“One of the most important things people can do is sign up to the free Brisbane’s Severe Weather Alert service.

“This allows us to send registered residents advanced warning and advice about severe weather, so people have time to protect themselves and their property.

“Since the February floods we have had almost 15,000 people, sign up to this system which is able to quickly send targeted warnings to residents.

“This means almost 35% of households are registered for the alerts, but if you haven’t signed up please do so today,” he said.

Residents are also encouraged to visit the Council website and view the new interactive online flood tool which has recently been redesigned to make it easier for residents to use and find flood information.

The Council competition offering a range of prizes, including a family trip to Tangalooma, is still open for anyone who signs up to the Brisbane Severe Weather Alert before 1 December 2022.

Lord Mayor Schrinner also reminded residents that pre-filled sandbags were available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Darra, Lota, Morningside, Newmarket, and Zillmere.

“We recently gave out 53,300 sandbags to residents across three super sandbag weekends,” he said.

“We’ve continued to fill sandbags with our stockpile currently sitting at around 150,000 which is about triple our normal supply.”

Council’s flood warning sign program is also being expanded to 22 Brisbane locations, providing a visible reminder to motorists when a road has flooded.

There are already 10 signs located across the city, with a further 12 locations based to see the signs installed.

Too many motorists drive through flooded roads, putting their lives and the lives of others at risk, and these signs automatically turn on once a creek or waterway reaches a certain level, Council said in a statement.

Keep an eye out for our new signs here:

  • Formosa Road, Belmont
  • Bowhill Road, Durack
  • Kholo Bridge, Kholo
  • Sherwood Road, Rocklea
  • Lancing Street, Pullenvale
  • Wynnum Road, Tingalpa
  • Grandview Road, Pullenvale
  • Gap Creek Road, Kenmore Hills
  • Rafting Ground Road, Brookfield
  • Victoria Street, Newmarket
  • Paradise Road, Willawong / Larapinta
  • Bracken Ridge Road, Bracken Ridge

For more information, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au and search ‘Flood Information’ or call Council on (07) 3403 8888. 

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