Understand your flood risk
Much of the flooding in Brisbane's suburbs relates to the creeks and waterways that make up the landscape of our river city. Minimising the risk of flooding and flood damage is everyone's responsibility. Although Brisbane City Council has an important part to play, residents and businesses can lessen the effect that flooding has on their homes, properties and families, while also assisting the wider community to respond to, and recover from a flood and the impacts of flooding.
Council has developed a range of tools and materials that help in flood management, including the Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) 01/12. There are things you can do to understand your property's flood risk and minimise it. You can:
- get a free Floodwise Property Report for your home or business
- download a free Flood Flag Map for your suburb
- talk to your neighbours about any flood history
- get advice from an engineer
- look at the slope of the land
- read the understanding your flood risk fact sheet
- read about the types of flooding
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By understanding the flood profile of your property, you can make informed decisions about buying, renting, building or renovating and take actions to minimise flood damage to your home.
Interim Residential Flood Level (IRFL)
Provisions in the Temporary Local Planning Instrument (TLPI) 01/12 will be mandatory for new buildings. Council encourages residents to adopt them when rebuilding like for like. The IRFL will provide lower levels of flood risk for residents in the future. Find the interim flood line map of your suburb.
Brisbane Early Warning Alert Service
Always be prepared for storms in the summer months. Brisbane is a sub-tropical city and annually experiences sub-tropical storms. Council has partnered with the Early Warning Network to provide Brisbane residents and businesses with free severe weather alerts. These alerts are location-based, so you only receive warnings if your nominated address may be impacted. Register for the Brisbane Early Warning Alert Service.