Links last updated and verified on 1 December, 2022
South-East Queensland has always been prone to floods and severe storms, and the risk of severe weather events is predicted to increase substantially as a result of global warming.
There’s a lot of useful info about how the council responds to disasters and how to prepare your property for severe weather on this BCC web page (during floods and other severe weather emergencies, Brisbane City Council will usually also post more up-to-date info directly on their home page at this link).
I also strongly encourage all residents to sign up for the council’s Severe Weather Alert Service via this page, so that you receive notifications about predicted flooding, severe storms, and other public safety emergencies. Once you create your account, you can choose whether you want to be alerted via text message, email or automated phone call.
The council’s Flood Awareness Maps are the best way to understand which properties and roads might be at risk of creek flooding and river flooding during heavy rain events.
You can find Bureau of Meteorology live reporting of rainfall totals at this link and live reporting of creek and river heights via the tables at this link. The best links to look at for inner-city Brisbane River levels are the St Lucia gauge and the City gauge.
During and immediately after severe weather events, my main focus as a local councillor is to compile and relay information between residents and other organisations and support services. I will do my best to send out regular email updates to everyone who has subscribed for my regular newsletters via this page.
The best phone number to reach the council on during an emergency is generally the main hotline – 3403 8888.
The number for my ward office in Woolloongabba is 3403 2165, but my office just has two full-time staff, so during a severe weather event, we can’t guarantee that our line will be staffed at all times. If you use social media, you should also consider following me on Facebook.