Heavy rainfall puts Queensland on alert

Published Wednesday, 24 November, 2021 at 06:44 PM

Minister for Police and Corrective Services and Minister for Fire and Emergency Services
The Honourable Mark Ryan

Queenslanders are being urged to take extra care on the roads and stay away from floodwater, with more wet weather forecast for parts of the state in the coming days.

Fire and Emergency Services Minister Mark Ryan said parts of south-east Queensland experienced flash flooding on Tuesday, with the Bureau of Meteorology warning there was little respite ahead.

“Almost 140mm fell in parts of Brisbane yesterday and more storms are expected to build inland on Wednesday and spread across the eastern parts of the state on Thursday,” Mr Ryan said.

“Areas of locally intense rain and flash flooding are expected to become an increased risk in coming days across southeast and central Queensland.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has issued several flood warnings for parts of Queensland, so it’s important to stay up to date with advice and know your flood risk.”

Mr Ryan said many roads had already been impacted by significant rain falling over a short period of time.

“It is a reminder of how quickly conditions can turn, so it is crucial that everyone stays vigilant and prepared for heavy rain and flash flooding,” he said.

“We all have a responsibility to make good decisions on the road to keep other drivers and ourselves safe, but this is especially the case during severe weather events.

“Check the warnings, steer clear of flood-prone areas and if you don’t need to be on saturated roads, please stay off them.

“Of course, the message during times like this is: if it’s flooded, forget it.”

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Greg Leach said State Emergency Service (SES) crews had received almost 100 requests for assistance since 5am Monday.

“Our volunteers have been working hard to assist with leaking roofs, tarping and other flood-related requests, particularly around the greater Brisbane, Lockyer Valley and Wide Bay regions,” Mr Leach said.

“Queensland’s storm and cyclone season has well and truly kicked off and we’ve already seen several severe weather events across the state in the past weeks.

“With rain forecast to stick around into next week, I know our QFES personnel will continue to step up to the job, but I encourage everyone to take proactive measures to prepare not just for the coming days, but for the coming weeks.

“Clear gutters, remove overhanging branches and make sure your emergency kit is up-to-date.”

Mr Leach said QFES would continue to monitor the situation and assist the community as needed, including having Fire and Rescue (FRS) Swiftwater Technicians on standby should floodwaters rise.

“Though our crews are highly trained and ready to go, floodwater rescues can be dangerous and we hope their specialist skills are not called on as these rain events continue,” he said.

“Floodwater is not a playground, so please keep an eye on children and keep them well away from flooded areas.

“If you’re on the road and find yourself faced with floodwater, the safest option is to back it up and find an alternate route.

“Remember, if it’s flooded forget it.”

For storm and flood damage or assistance, call the SES on 132 500.

In a life-threatening emergency, always call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Media contacts  

Minister Ryan’s Office: Ph: (07) 3035 8300

QFES Media: (07) 3635 3310