Gold Coast City Council is committed to protecting the city’s built and natural environment against flooding.
A flood is a temporary rise of water level from a creek, river, lake or along a coastline, resulting in it spilling over and out of its natural or artificial confines onto land that is normally dry. Floods are usually caused by excessive runoff from rainfall or by coastal storm surges or other tidal phenomena.
The Gold Coast has more than 55 kilometres of coastline and over 260 kilometres of navigable waterways. These natural and man-made features that make our lifestyle unique also present significant challenges and opportunities for managing flooding that is predicted to occur with climate change.
World experts have given a favourable report on Council's flood modelling, which is used to assess potential flooding risks. Council's approach demonstrates a commitment to best practice in managing floods and enhancing community safety.
For these strategies to be effective, residents need to:
- be prepared for disasters: understand what to do before, during and after a flood
- be aware of flood risks: find information on flood maps, flood searches, history and mitigation
- understand Council’s plans for the future: view the Gold Coast City Sustainable Flood Management Strategy.
- Preparing for a Flood
- Potential Flood Risks on the Gold Coast
- Flood Mitigation
- Disaster Coordination
- Common Types of Disaster