Creek flooding alerts | Brisbane City Council

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 tide and storm surge. Heavy rainfall in a catchment may also have the potential to cause dams to overspill.

The most common sources of flooding in Brisbane are creek or flash flooding. Creek flooding is difficult to forecast as floodwaters can rise and fall quickly with little warning. Residents near creeks need to maintain awareness. 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. Use our online fact sheet to help you to prepare your home. 

An emergency kit can help.  Keep your emergency kit in a waterproof container.

Alert services

You can receive alerts if your property may be affected by creek flooding in the suburbs of Albion, Archerfield, Bardon, Boondall, Brookfield, Coorparoo, Corinda, Deagon, Doolandella, East Brisbane, Forest Lake, Greenslopes, Hemmant, Herston, Kenmore, Moorooka, Northgate, Nundah. Oxley, Rocklea, Salisbury, Windsor, Woolloongabba, Wynnum, Wynnum West and Zillmere. NOTE: these alerts do not cover all properties in these suburbs.

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. Find out how you can sign up to receive alerts from the Brisbane Early Warning Alert Service.

Rainfall and stream height information

The Bureau of Meteorology provides rainfall and stream height information recorded from some gauges located near creeks. This information is updated every 10-40 minutes and can be used with creek flooding alerts.

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 guages

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

  • indicate water levels that can trigger alerts for road flooding
  • collect data for the development and calibration of flood models and investigation of flooding events
  • collect and measure rainfall.

The two latest telemetry gauges were installed at King Avenue in Durack and Johnson Road in Forestdale. These two gauges were funded by the Community Resilience Fund as a joint initiative of Brisbane City Council and the Queensland Government. The gauge in Forestdale was also installed with the assistance of Logan City Council.

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

Map of Brisbane flood prone areas

This map represents Brisbane's flood prone areas.

Select the suburb location in the table below to find near real-time creek heights for the relevant area.

Suburb Gauge location
Brookfield Fortrose Street 
Corinda Corinda State High School 
Deagon Braun Street, Deagon
East Brisbane Caswell Street at Norman Creek
Hemmant Doughboy Parade at Bulimba Creek and Hemmant drain
Herston Bowen Hills Railway Workshops 
Northgate Crockford Street, Northgate and Pound Street, Hendra
Rocklea Marshall Road at Stable Swamp Creek and Muriel Avenue at Rocky Waterholes Creek
Windsor Breakfast Creek, railway yard, Bowen Hills 
Wynnum Byrneside Terrace 
Wynnum West Byrneside Terrace 

 

19 July 2018