Flood classifications in Queensland

Flood classifications in Queensland – A best practice guide for local governments

The aim of the guide: Flood classifications in Queensland – A best practice guide for local governments is to assist Queensland’s local governments to understand:

  • flood classifications
  • river heights and flood forecasts
  • different types of gauges
  • flood warnings based on a river height
  • how to determine and set flood classifications
  • considerations when reviewing flood classifications
  • roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders.

The guide has been developed in consultation with the Bureau of Meteorology (the Bureau). It clearly outlines the four steps for local governments to be able to review flood classifications:

  1. map community assets
  2. relate impacts to a gauge or forecast location
  3. identify impacts and link to a gauge height
  4. consider community education and awareness (flood mapping).

Audience for this guide

The intended audience for this guide is primarily local government authorities, however additional audiences may include:

  • local disaster management groups
  • district disaster management groups
  • emergency and disaster management stakeholders and professionals
  • state and federal government agencies
  • experts across the range of natural disasters, hazards and risk management
  • non-government organisations who have a role in prevention, preparedness, response and recovery.

Resilient Queensland

This guide is an initiative of Resilient Queensland 2018-2021, and aligns with all four objectives of the Queensland Strategy for Disaster Resilience:

  1. We understand the potential disaster risks we face
  2. We work together to better manage disaster risk
  3. We seek new opportunities to reduce disaster risk
  4. We continually improve how we prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.