Rebuild and recover – February 2022 severe weather event

In response to the February 2022 severe rain and flood event, Brisbane City Council has been busy working with the local community to identify and repair the widespread damage across Brisbane and provide support to those who need it most.  An enormous amount of work has been completed as we work through the task ahead to rebuild and recover our community. A snapshot of impacted Council assets and programs can be found below including infrastructure, transport, environment, community, city finance and our economy.

In addition to Council assets and services, many Brisbane residents have also been adversely affected, and we remain committed to them and to all residents to rebuild a better and more resilient Brisbane.

For further information about the response to the February 2022 severe weather event or any of the key statistics you can phone Council on 07 3403 8888 or visit the February 2022 severe weather event recovery web page.

The information provided is correct as at 1 June 2022.

Download the 11-week rebuild and recovery report:

Finance

Total estimated cost: $656 million

  • Flood clean up and disaster response operations: $58 million.
  • Net cost to Brisbane City Council: $327 million.
  • $1.5 million in grants made available to up to 300 community clubs to help with recovery and repair.
  • $250 rates rebate made available, with a total value of up to $6 million.
  • $6.5 million in reduced parking revenue due to shut down parking metres and changed arrangements during the immediate post-flood recovery phase.
  • Council is providing further support to ratepayers impacted by the severe weather and facing financial difficulties by offering a payment extension of up to 60 days or a payment plan.

The total cost is partially offset by insurance and other recovery and reconstruction funding (Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements and State Disaster Relief Arrangements).

Clean up

  • Council cleared 3357 streets and collected 75,535 tonnes of waste.
  • More than 800 Council (and external) personnel helped clean up across Brisbane.
  • 1000 Council vehicles (including trucks, bobcats and excavators) supported the massive clean up.
  • Ten Council street sweepers operated over two shifts, six days per week for a two week period to clean up flood impacted roadways, totalling 2400 hours.
  • Three bikeways were repaired and seven reconstruction projects are underway. All bikeways have now reopened, however sections at Kedron Brook, Little Cabbage Tree Creek and a link to the Centenary bikeway are currently inaccessible. Detour planning and implementation activities are ongoing.
  • Approximately 285 kilometres of road was impacted with 78 roads requiring significant resurfacing repairs. The resurfacing works will be completed as soon as possible, and road surveys of underlying pavement damage have commenced in May 2022.
  • 17,077 potholes repaired across 176 suburbs by 25 March 2022.
  • Twenty-six of 31 impacted traffic signals were replaced and in operation by 4 March 2022.
  • 170 kilometres of Council maintained bikeway safe and clean by 1 April 2022, ahead of school holidays.
  • Council removed a significant amount of silt, a several tonnes of wood and multiple pontoons from the Bicentennial Bikeway in just over a week.
  • 480 food waste bins distributed to 113 sites across three days during severe weather event.
  • Regular bin collection service resumed the day after the weather event.
  • 20,000 flood waste loads dropped off by residents for free during March and April 2022.
  • 15 tonnes of hazardous waste dropped by off by residents for free in March and April 2022.
  • Centres remained operational and offered extended opening hours to assist residents cleaning up.
  • 8080 gullies were impacted, with the total pipe network impact now revised down to 307 kilometres from an expected 670 kilometres.

Infrastructure

Quarries

  • Two quarries were damaged, and both are back in restricted operations with full operation expected by September 2022. 

Buildings

Bus depots

  • Two bus depots (Carina and Virginia) were damaged, both are now repaired and operational.

Car parks

  • Two car parks (Wickham Terrace and King George Square) were damaged, both are now repaired and operational.

Environment centres

  • Two environmental centres at Boondall and Karawatha were damaged, both are now repaired and operational.  

State Emergency Services (SES) depots

  • Four SES depots were damaged, however two sites are now repaired and operational.
  • One depot is on track to be repaired by the end of June 2022, and one will be repaired in the new financial year.
  • 182,770 sandbags were distributed in response to the severe weather event, which is the equivalent to 3655 fully loaded one-tonne utes.

Council offices and depots 

  • Sixteen sites were impacted by the event, with 14 repairs completed.
  • Two sites require major repairs, planned for completion by July 2022.  

Ward offices

  • Six sites were impacted, all repair works complete and sites operational. 

Moorings

  • A structural assessment of Gardens Point Boat Harbour and Breakfast Creek has been completed and a decision regarding works is pending. Breakfast Creek moorings closed on 31 March to accommodate capital works.

Public art

  • Six artworks damaged, however repairs are complete on four of the impacted works.
  • The remaining two artworks require specialist repair, to be completed by the end of June 2022.

Structures

Bridges and culverts 

  • Three bridges were damaged: 
    • Kholo Bridge is currently open and operating without issue
    • Kooringal Drive bikeway (link to Centenary Bikeway Jindalee) to be reconstructed
    • Hawera Circuit Bridge (link to Little Cabbage Tree Creek Bikeway Aspley) abutment is closed for safety reasons. 

Boardwalks

  • Minor damage to the New Farm Riverwalk handrail has been repaired, with replacement panels being sought for the permanent repair, and the swing bridge repair will be completed in the next six months.
  • Cultural Centre Riverwalk is in full operation, with some pile-wrapping underway to repair damage More than 300 cubic metres of mud (equivalent to three bus loads of waste) was removed from Cultural Centre Boardwalk.
  • Damage to the Kangaroo Point Riverwalk handrails is being investigated.
  • Damage to sign and barrier panel on the view deck of Indooroopilly Riverwalk is under repair.  
  • City Reach Riverwalk is now operational from Howard Smith Wharves to the Botanic Gardens.

Landslips

  • Council continues to monitor landslips along river and road corridors. Seventy-seven sites in total have been inspected since 28 February. This includes some river banks, parks and Brisbane landfill.

Wharves, jetties and pontoons

  • Council manages a total of 34 pontoons. Seven Council-owned pontoons require major work or replacement. Twenty-four are currently open with some requiring minor repairs. Three are closed. Of these three pontoons, repairs on the Naval Stores Pontoon (Kangaroo Point) are expected to be completed in June and repairs at Dutton Park Recreation Hub (Dutton Park) will be completed in July. Horace Window Reserve Pontoon (Corinda) is closed due to construction of the adjacent canoe ramp (planned renewal project). This project is expected to be completed in August.
  • Detailed inspection of 79% of the impacted jetties and boat ramps completed with cleaning and minor repairs to most underway. Damage repair plan is in quotation phase.  

Parks structures

  • New staircase design for Shorncliffe Escarpment expected mid-2022, following complete loss of structure.

Resources Recovery Centres (RRCs) and Brisbane landfill

  • Four RRCs sustained minor damage, with a schedule for repair works in progress.  
  • Repairs to Brisbane landfill to be completed early in the new financial year.  

Road network

Parking meters

  • Seventy-seven parking meters across the city were damaged. Thirty were replaced, twenty were repaired and operating by 4 April 2022 and 27 zones that had meters are now operational via mobile phone app.

Road surface

  • Approximately 285 kilometres of road was impacted with 78 roads requiring significant resurfacing repairs. The resurfacing works will be completed as soon as possible, and road surveys of underlying pavement damage have commenced in May. 
  • 17,077 potholes repaired across 176 suburbs by 25 March 2022.

Traffic signals

  • Council manages 1006 traffic signals in total, of which flooding affected 129 sites to varying degrees.
  • All sites are repaired and operational.

Lighting

  • 4282 Council-owned lights in park, on bikeways and on roads were impacted, all lights made safe.
  • Bicentennial Bikeway lighting is currently not operational from Riverside Expressway to the Rail bridge.

Duct and fibre

  • Eighty-seven fibre splice enclosures were impacted, and while there were no service faults, 13 damaged fibre joints need replacing.   

Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS)

  • Council manages variable message signs, traffic cameras, flood warning systems and network communication equipment. Flooding caused damage to six of these, three of which have been replaced or repaired, and the remaining will be repaired by end of financial year. 

Transport

Public transport

Buses

  • All bus stops are operational.
  • Temporary bus stops at Toombul will remain in place in the immediate term as the owner of the Toombul Shopping Centre determines future plans for the site.
  • One stop at The Gap is operational however requires a re-build during FY22/23.
  • Twenty per cent of Council owned bus driver amenity facilities were damaged with all repairs now complete.
  • Garage plant and equipment at Virginia Depot damaged with 90% of the repairs now complete.  

Ferries

  • Twenty-two out of a total fleet of 28 are available for service:
    • sixteen of 22 CityCats
    • all five KittyCats
    • one Monohull.
  • One CityCat lost to be replaced and others under repair or maintenance.

Ferry terminals and infrastructure

  • Twenty-one terminals active prior to the flood event, with 13 already in service.
  • Ferry support facilities (Merthyr Road mooring, Hawthorne refuelling) are now operational.

Footpaths

  • Approximately 181 kilometres of constructed footpath was impacted. 231 surveys of footpaths have been completed and response plans in preparation. Minimal damage has been noted to date with most damage occurring on verge areas following kerbside collection.

Bikeways

  • Of the 396 kilometres of off-road bikeways in Brisbane, 235 kilometres were impacted.  
  • 170 kilometres of Council maintained bikeway safe and clean by 1 April 2022, ahead of school holidays.
  • Council removed a significant amount of silt, a several tonnes of wood and multiple pontoons from the Bicentennial Bikeway in just over a week.
  • More than 300 cubic metres of mud (equivalent to three bus loads of waste) was removed from Cultural Centre Boardwalk.
  • Seven bikeways reconstruction projects are underway. All bikeways have now reopened, however sections at Kedron Brook, Little Cabbage Tree Creek and a link to the Centenary bikeway are currently inaccessible. Detour planning and implementation activities are ongoing.

Economic

  • Business Liaison Officers have been in the field with representatives from Department of Employment, Small Business and Training door knocking affected business areas.
  • Three types of fact sheets provided to businesses - support for small business, returning to your business premises and cleaning your food business.
  • Opened Business Recovery Hubs in Nundah, Moorooka and the City.
  • Opened Pop-up Business Recovery Hubs in Toombul, Jindalee and Sumner, Rocklea, Milton and Albion.
  • Provision of temporary workspaces for impacted businesses at the Suburban Business Hub in Nundah and the Brisbane Business Hub in Brisbane City.
  • The Suburban Business Hub in Nundah remains open.
  • $250 rates rebate for affected property owners.
  • Extension of free street parking until end of March 2022.

Environment

Parks

  • 863 parks were impacted by either creek or river flooding. Of these, 205 have been repaired and were ready for Easter holidays and Anzac day. 
  • Park assets which were damaged and require repair and remediation were: 
    • twenty-five park toilets 
    • more than 40 barbecues 
    • almost 300 of 1072 playgrounds
    • forty of 162 dog off-leash areas.
  • Temporary closure currently in place at Cactoblastis Corner Park, Sherwood.   

Natural areas

  • 1002 surveys completed with most tracks and trails significantly affected with temporary closures still in place for six locations. 
  • Council crews sprayed 1400 mosquito breeding sites following the severe weather event.
  • The following mountain bike trails have been reopened in Mt Coot-tha Forest:
    • Glider Trail
    • Gap Creek Circuit
    • Pipeline Trail
    • Death Adder Trail.

Stormwater

Waterways

  • 1507 surveys of waterways completed with significant erosion in some areas. Cleaning and inspection ongoing.  

Enclosed drains

  • 8080 gullies were impacted, with the total pipe network impact now revised down to 307 kilometres from an expected 670 kilometres.

Flood gauges

  • 26 Maximum Height gauges and three Electronic Height gauges were lost along with other gauge boards. Repair and replacement being scoped for current and next financial year.

Community facilities

Community halls 

  • Toowong Perrin Park Community Hall impacted, closed until repairs are completed in June 2022.

Community leased facilities 

  • Of 640 facilities, 331 were impacted (51%).
  • 198 buildings impacted.
  • 106 sports fields impacted.
  • 74 car parks impacted.
  • 61 irrigation systems impacted.
  •  40 sports field lighting installations impacted.
  • 21 retaining walls impacted.
  • 16 pontoons impacted.
  • $5000 relief payments are available for up to 300 community organisations.
  • Council will be supporting flood impacted community organisations through the Rebuild and Recover Community Partnership Program. Funding will be provided to eight not-for-profit community organisations in the first tranche of the program to help them deliver their core activity.
  • Council will be supporting community organisations impacted through creek and river flooding through the Rebuild and Recover Flood Resilient Program for Community Organisations. Site inspections at 80 organisations started on 26 May 2022.

Golf course

St Lucia golf course impacted, operating while repairs continue.

Pools

  • Four of 22 pools were impacted, however all have been cleaned and resumed operations while repairs are arranged.
  • Jindalee Pool – indoor pool now re-opened, 50 metre outdoor pool needs repair.
  • Bellbowrie Pool – 25 metre pool, gym, kiosk and café open, 50 metre pool has been repaired and is closed for winter along with other pool areas undergoing minor repairs.
  • Newmarket Olympic Swimming Pool – indoor pool open, outdoor pools under repair for September re-opening.  

Cemeteries

  • Two cemeteries were impacted by the event, and repairs complete.

Riverstage

  • Lift impacted causing electrical damage. Now operational, with minor repairs in progress. 

Waste and resource recovery

Bins

  • 480 food waste bins distributed to 113 sites across three days during severe weather event.
  • Regular bin collection service resumed the day after the weather event.

Resource Recovery Centres

  • 20,000 flood waste loads dropped off by residents for free during March and April 2022.
  • 15 tonnes of hazardous waste dropped by off by residents for free in March and April 2022.
  • Centres remained operational and offered extended opening hours to assist residents cleaning up.
Last updated: 3 June 2022

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