Types of Disasters

  1. Flood
  2. Bushfire
  3. Cyclone
  4. Storm Tide
  5. Heat Wave
  6. Tsunami
  1. Flood

  1. Flood season in Australia and across Livingstone Shire is between November and April.

  2. There are three common types of floods that affect Australia.

  • Slow On-set Floods
  • Rapid On-set Floods
  • Flash Flooding
  1. Slow On-set Floods
    Inland rivers in the vast, flat areas of Queensland often flood. These floods may take days to build-up, but can last for weeks or even months.

  2. The damage caused by slow on-set floods includes:

    • major loss of livestock
    • rural towns being cut-off and isolated
    • crop damage
    • damage to roads and railways

  3. Rapid On-set Floods
    Rapid on-set flooding occurs more quickly than slow on-set flooding. Rapid on-set floods can be much more damaging and pose a greater risk to loss of life and property because there is generally less time to take preventative action from a faster, more dangerous flow of water. This type of flooding can affect most of our major towns and cities.

Flash Flooding

Flash flooding, which is the most common in the Livingstone Shire, results from relatively short, intense bursts of rainfall, often during thunderstorms. It can occur in almost all parts of Australia and poses the greatest threat to life. People are often swept away after entering floodwaters on foot or in vehicles. These floods can result in significant property damage and major social disruption. They are a serious problem in urban areas where drainage systems are often unable to cope with large amounts of water in a short time.

Be Prepared!

  • Tune into your local radio station and listen out for warnings and alerts
  • Stack your furniture and possessions above the likely flood level. Make sure you have your electrical equipment on top
  • Secure objects that could float and cause damage
  • Prepare your vehicle by ensuring you have enough fuel if you were required to evacuate and move it to high ground
  • Check your Emergency Kit is stocked with essential items to assist if you were to be isolated or without power.
  • Ensure your pantry is full of non perishable food items
  • Don't forget your pets and/or animals. Make sure your pets are safe out of flood water and if you live on a farm move cattle to higher ground.