Automated Flooded Road Warning Systems (AFRWS)

Brisbane City Council has installed Automated Flooded Road Warning Systems (AFRWS) to enhance road safety and reduce the risk of motorists driving into floodwaters during periods of heavy rainfall. This initiative is part of Council’s commitment to making Brisbane’s roads safer.

Systems have been installed in flood prone locations to provide immediate warning to motorists of flooded road conditions using highly visible LED road signs.

The LED road signs are automatically activated when flood water levels exceed a threshold determined to be generally unsuitable for safe passage. Signs are located on approaches displaying a “ROAD CLOSED AHEAD” message on an LED display, ensuring they are highly visible to motorists at night and during the day. Some locations may also include “ROAD CLOSED – NO ENTRY” and cameras are in place to allow remote monitoring of the location.

The systems are solar powered and locally sourced. Solar and battery-operated technology allows the systems to be implemented in semi-rural locations where mains power may not be available, while also providing an improved level of reliability during extreme weather events when interruptions to mains power may occur.

Current locations

AFRWS are currently in place at the following locations:


  • Bilsen Road, Zillmere (Zillman Waterholes)
  • Bracken Ridge Road, Bracken Ridge (Bald Hills Creek)
  • Groth Road, Zillmere (Zillman Waterholes)
  • Melton Road/Widdop Street, Nundah/Clayfield (Kedron Brook)
  • Newman Road roundabout, Zillmere (Zillman Waterholes)
  • Shaw Road, Wavell Heights (Kedron Brook)
  • Trouts Road, McDowall (Downfall Creek)
  • Victoria Street/Northey Street/Green Terrace, Windsor (Enoggera Creek)
  • Wyampa Road, Bald Hills (Deep Water Bend)
  • Zillmere Road, Boondall (Zillman Waterholes)


  • Beenleigh Road, Runcorn (Spring Creek)
  • Bowhill Road, Durack (Hanleys Creek)
  • Cliveden Avenue, Corinda (Oxley Creek)
  • Illaweena Street, Drewvale (Karawatha Reserve)
  • Lucy Street/Station Road, Moorooka (Moolabin Creek)
  • Marshall Road, Rocklea (Stable Swamp Creek)
  • Muriel Avenue, Rocklea (Rocky Waterholes)
  • Oxley Road/Oxley Station Road, Oxley (Oxley Creek)
  • Paradise Road, Willawong/Larapinta (Oxley Creek)
  • Pratten Street, Corinda (Oxley Creek)
  • Sherwood Road, Rocklea (Oxley Creek)


  • Billan Street/Gray Street, Carina 
  • Boston Road, Belmont
  • Formosa Road, Belmont 
  • Fursden Road, Carina
  • Gladys Street, Stones Corner
  • Manly Road, Tingalpa (Bulimba Creek)
  • Molle Road, Ransome (overland creek)
  • Wynnum Road, Tingalpa (Bulimba Creek)


  • Boscombe Road, Brookfield (Moggill Creek)
  • Bowman Parade, Bardon (Ithaca Creek)
  • Gap Creek Road, Kenmore Hills (Gap Creek)
  • Grandview Road, Pullenvale (Pullen Creek)
  • Kholo Bridge, Kholo (Brisbane River)
  • Lake Manchester Road, Lake Manchester (Camerons Creek)
  • Lancing Street, Pullenvale (Pullen Creek)
  • Levitt Road, Upper Kedron (Cedar Creek)
  • Mossvale Street, Ashgrove (Ithaca Creek)
  • Pinjarra Road, Pinjarra (Farm Creek)
  • Rafting Ground Road, Brookfield (Moggill Creek)
  • Tramway Street, Ferny Grove (Cedar Creek)
  • Upper Brookfield Road, Upper Brookfield (Moggill Creek)
  • Witton Road, Indooroopilly (Witton Creek)

Planned locations

Council will continue to investigate additional locations to install AFRWS to further enhance motorist awareness of flooded roads during weather events. 

Other road safety initiatives

As part of Council's commitment to making Brisbane streets safer, Council has installed:

More information

If you would like to find out more about the Automated Flooded Road Warning Systems initiative, you can:

  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • email the project team
  • write to:
    Automated Flooded Road Warning Systems
    Transport Planning and Operations
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
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