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Flood emergencies

City of Gold Coast is committed to protecting the Gold Coast's built and natural environment against flooding.

Note: For real-time, official emergency information, including closure of roads during a serious weather event or natural disaster, visit the Queensland Government's and QLD Traffic websites. Please also refer to our disaster management and emergency contacts information.

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 the City's flood modelling, which is used to assess potential flooding risks. Our approach demonstrates a commitment to best practice in managing floods and enhancing community safety.

For these strategies to be effective, residents need to:

Preparing for a flood

Living in one of the most beautiful parts of the world can also bring its hazards. Severe flooding is one of many natural hazards that our city face every year.

As the leading organisation for disaster planning on the Gold Coast, we work with State and Federal emergency teams and the community to ensure our city's resilience to the effects of severe weather events like flooding.

What you can do:

Queensland State Emergency Services (SES) offer a useful instructional video on how to sandbag your home and business.

For more information on floods, visit the Queensland Government website.

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