Floodwater on road

Flooding events can be dangerous for everyone but getting away quickly can be especially difficult for people with disability. You need to have a plan in place of where you will go, who you will contact and where you can get help. It also makes sense to have a go-bag ready so you can leave quickly in the event of an emergency. 

ABC Emergency has created a guide on Planning for an emergency: Flood including what to do before a flood, during a flood and after a flood as well as links to flood emergency services. It is important not to enter floodwater, even if it looks calm. Of the 159 flood-related deaths between 2005 and 2015, a Griffith University and Royal Life Saving combined study found more than half were people attempting to drive through floodwaters.

Floods Near Me

Download the Floods Near Me app or visit floodsnearme.com.au. This app and website have the following features: 

  • User's Current Location or Dropped Pin
  • Road Closed and Water Over Road locations
  • Observed River Gauge Heights (with pinch gesture Graphs and Touch-enabled historical readings)
  • Compare, Rename or make Favourite River Gauges
  • Flooded River Sections (for stations with Minor, Moderate and Major flood levels)
  • Flood Watch and Flood Warning information
  • Evacuation Warning, Evacuation Order and Evacuation All-Clear areas

Where to find out more

NSW - You should refer to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for the latest weather warnings, NSW SES for emergency services and Live Traffic NSW for road closures.

QLD - You should refer to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for the latest weather warnings, QLD SES for emergency services and Department of Transport and Main roads for road closures.

VIC - You should refer to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for the latest weather warnings, VIC SES for emergency services and Vic Emergency for road closures.

SA - You should refer to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for the latest weather warnings, SA SES for emergency services and Traffic SA for road closures.

The risk is real

Floods can be deep and fast flowing in many areas. It is important to Get Ready now and plan for what you will do in a flood. www.ses.nsw.gov.au 

Content warning

The following video may be distressing for some viewers. 

What to do

  • Do not enter floodwater. Don’t drive into it; don’t walk into it, don’t swim in it and don’t let children play in it. Flood water may appear calm and low, but it is unpredictable, may rise quickly and swift currents running underneath the surface may not be apparent. There may also debris hiding behind the surface, which can pose a real hazard.
  • If caught in floodwater, call for help immediately.
  • Stay well away from fallen powerlines. If powerlines are down, water may be electrified and unsafe to enter.
  • If evacuated, do not go home until authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Find out where your nearest relief centre is and what the safest route is for you to get there.
  • Pack a go-bag of essentials (if you have time) and be ready to leave quickly.
  • Let family and friends know where you are and where you are going.
  • Listen to your local radio or another local news source for up to date information.

Call for help

If you need assistance during a flood event, call your local State Emergency Service (SES) on 132 500 or call Triple Zero (000) if life is in danger.

Useful resources

Packing for an Emergency
NSW Disaster Relief Grants
Disaster Recovery Payments 
Moving Forward After a Crisis
Disability Inclusive Disaster Preparedness

The Red Cross and The ABC have partnered to bring this guide Stay Connected to help you get ready for emergencies. 

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