Creek flooding alerts

Severe storms and flash flooding are a natural part of living in Brisbane. As Brisbane is built on a flood plain, it experiences different types of flooding ranging from river, creek, overland flow, king tides and storm surge. Heavy rainfall in a catchment may also have the potential to cause dams to spill.

Brisbane Severe Weather Alert

You can receive alerts if your property may be affected by creek flooding. View the map of alert locations.

Council strongly recommends you do not solely rely on these alerts and you use Council's other preparedness measures to better understand your flood risk. This will allow you to monitor, act and respond accordingly when the alerts are received.

Alerts are sent when rain and/or creek levels in a nearby creek system indicate your property may be at risk of flooding. As the alerts are location based, warnings are only sent if your nominated address and/or mobile device location is at risk of flooding. The information provided by the creek flooding alerts is dependent on technology. 

To receive creek flooding alerts, register for Brisbane Severe Weather Alert

Creek flooding preparedness

One of the most common sources of flooding in Brisbane is creek flooding. Creek flooding is difficult to forecast as floodwaters can rise and fall quickly with little warning. Residents near creeks need to maintain awareness and monitor conditions. Rainfall runoff, tides and storm surge can cause creek levels to rise.

It is important to be prepared at all times to respond to possible creek flooding. See flooding support for residents to help you to prepare your home. An emergency kit can help. Keep your emergency kit in a waterproof container.

Rainfall and stream height information

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) provides rainfall and stream height information recorded from flood gauges located in the Brisbane area. This information is updated every 10-40 minutes and can be used to monitor creek conditions.

Find information about creek heights and flood classifications in your area as provided by the Bureau of Meteorology to determine any action you should take to stay safe.

BoM information on floods and flood safety

Visit the Bureau of Meteorology website for general information on floods and flood safety. The Bureau of Meteorology has its own terms and conditions of use. Council makes no statements, representations or warranties about the accuracy, correctness, timeliness, completeness or fitness for any purpose or use of information contained on the Bureau of Meteorology's website. To the full extent permitted by law, Council excludes all responsibility and liability (including without limitation, liability in negligence) for:

  • information contained on the Bureau of Meteorology website or any linked website
  • any decisions made or actions taken on the basis of such information
  • any losses, liability, damages, claims, expenses and costs a user may incur suffer or sustain as a result of the information on this website or any linked website being inaccurate, erroneous or incomplete in any way for any reason.

    Telemetry flood gauges

    As part of a risk-based approach to flood management, Council gathers flood information for a full range of flood events. We install and maintain telemetry flood gauges at various locations across Brisbane. These gauges:

    • collect and measure rainfall or water levels.
    • can be used to trigger alerts for road or suburb flooding
    • collect data for the development and calibration of flood models and investigation of flooding events
    • provide long term historic records of flood information in Brisbane

    For a full list of telemetry gauges in Brisbane, visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.

    Map of creek flooding alert locations

    This map indicates areas where creek flooding alerts are available for subscribers. You can receive alerts if your property may be affected by creek flooding in the suburbs of Albion, Archerfield, Banyo, Boondall, Bracken Ridge, Brookfield, Coorparoo, Corinda, Deagon, East Brisbane, Geebung, Greenslopes, Hemmant, Herston, Kenmore, Kenmore Hills, Lytton, Manly West, Moorooka, Newstead, Northgate, Nundah, Oxley, Rocklea, Salisbury, Sandgate, Sherwood, Stones Corner, Taigum, Virginia, Wilston, Windsor, Woolloongabba, Wynnum, Wynnum West, and Zillmere. An isolated community alert for flooded bridges is available for properties in Karana Downs, Kholo, Lake Manchester and Mount Crosby. Note: These alerts may not cover all properties in these suburbs.

    Select the creek flooding alert location to find more detailed alert and flood information.

    In frequent flash flooding events the grey areas will receive alerts first. Purple areas will receive alerts in larger scale events that trigger minor, moderate or major flooding. The greater Karana Downs area shown in blue indicates an area that will receive isolation and flooded bridge alerts.

    View Map of creek flooding alert locations in a larger map.

    Alerting area/s Telemetry gauge name Suburbs that can get alerts from this gauge
    • Greater Kenmore, Brookfield Area
    • Fortrose Street Kenmore

    Moggill Creek at Fortrose Street Kenmore

    View the latest river heights for Moggill Creek Fortrose Street Kenmore

    Brookfield, Kenmore, Kenmore Hills

    • Greater Corinda, Sherwood Area
    • Cliveden Avenue Corinda

    Corinda State High School

    View the latest river heights for Oxley Creek Corinda High

    Corinda, Sherwood
    • Greater Deagon Area
    • Burralong Street Deagon

    Braun Street Deagon

    View the latest river heights for Cabbage Tree Creek, Braun Street, Deagon

    Deagon, Sandgate, Taigum, Bracken Ridge
    • Greater East Brisbane, Woolloongabba, Coorparoo Area
    • Caswell Street East Brisbane

    Caswell Street East Brisbane

    View the latest river heights for Norman Creek, Caswell Street East Brisbane

    East Brisbane, Stones Corner, Woolloongabba, Coorparoo
    • Greater Hemmant, Lytton Area
    • Doughboy Parade Hemmant

    Doughboy Parade at Bulimba Creek and Hemmant drain

    View the latest river heights for Bulimba Creek, Doughboy Parade Hemmant

    Hemmant, Lytton
    • Greater Windsor, Herston Area
    • Northey Street Windsor

    Bowen Hills Railway Workshops

    View the latest river heights for Breakfast Creek Railway Workshops Bowen Hills

    Windsor, Herston, Wilston

    • Greater Boondall, Virginia Area
    • Parthenia Street Boondall
    • Greater Northgate, Banyo, Nundah Area
    • Bligh Street Northgate
    • Station Avenue Northgate

    Crockford Street Northgate and Pound Street Hendra

    View the latest river heights for:

    Boondall, Virginia, Geebung

    Boondall, Virginia, Banyo, Northgate, Nundah
    • Greater Moorooka, Rocklea, Salisbury Area
    • Muriel Avenue Moorooka
    • Franklin Street Rocklea
    • Boobook Street Rocklea

    Marshall Road at Stable Swamp Creek
    Muriel Avenue at Rocky Waterholes Creek

    View the latest river heights for:

    Rocklea, Moorooka, Salisbury

    • Greater Windsor, Albion Area
    • Albany Street Windsor

    Breakfast Creek railway yard Bowen Hills

    View the latest river heights at Breakfast Creek Railway Yard Bowen Hills.

    Windsor, Newstead, Albion
    • Greater Wynnum Area
    • St Catherines Terrace Wynnum

    Byrneside Terrace

    View the latest river heights for Wynnum Creek, Byrneside Street, Wynnum.

    Wynnum, Manly West
    • Greater Wynnum Area
    • Tingalpa Street Wynnum West

    Byrneside Terrace

    View the latest river heights for Wynnum West.

    Wynnum West
    • Greater Karana Downs area

    Colleges Crossing, Mt Crosby Weir Bridge and Mt Crosby Road Bridge (Ugly Gully)

    View the latest river heights for the Brisbane river at:

    For road conditions and to plan your journey visit Qld Traffic

    Karana Downs, Mt Crosby, Kholo, Lake Manchester

    Weather information

    To keep you informed about weather conditions that may affect your property, the Bureau of Meteorology provides:

    Last updated: 10 January 2023

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