Severe storms and flooding can be a natural part of living in southeast Queensland. Like many cities, Logan can be prone to flooding following significant rainfall events. Flooding may originate from rivers and flash flooding from storm water runoff and creeks.
Logan City has two major rivers - the Logan River and Albert River. In addition to these rivers there are 54 creeks and a further 30 rural creeks and floodplain areas that have not formally been named.
Flash flooding is the most common type of flooding in Logan and can occur following intense rainfall events, such as thunderstorms. Thunderstorms are most common during the summer months - between September and March each year. Flash flooding may have little warning time and result in flooding from storm water runoff and creek flooding.
Whilst river flooding may have more damaging consequences than flash flooding, it requires intense prolonged rainfall which is not as common in Logan.
Like all hazards, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from a flood event is everyone's responsibility. Minimising the potential impacts of flooding and being ready to respond in the event of a flood can increase our resilience and limit the potential impact of flood events on our city.
Council continues to invest in storm water drainage and mitigation infrastructure, planning with flooding in mind and getting the best possible understanding of flooding, through updated flood modelling and studies.
As part of Council’s commitment to disaster preparedness for potential hazards, Council provides a range of flood information and tools for the community to assist in flood resilience.
To help minimise the potential impacts of flooding to your home and business, and to help protect your family and pets, Council has provided a number of actions that you can take, before, during and after a flood event.
Prepare yourself and your property
- Get to know your neighbour because they may be able to help you understand how flooding affects your neighbourhood.
- Council has prepared a number of tools which may help you understand the risks in your area. Visit the interactive maps and obtain a flood search report, to get the most up to date flood information that Council has for your property.
- Prepare your business by informing staff and be prepared to move stock, equipment, hazardous materials and heavy machinery away from areas that may experience flooding.
- When flooding occurs, your usual way home may be cut off. Plan alternative routes in advance.
- Consider insurance and check that it covers flooding.
- Secure objects that could float away and cause damage.
- Be prepared to stack furniture and possessions up high out of the way of floodwaters.
- For comprehensive weather information and warnings for your area, please visit the Bureau of Meteorology website.
- Visit Council’s Disaster Dashboard to familiarise yourself with the latest information on weather warnings, road closures, flood watch cameras, power outages and if any relevant evaluation centers that are open.
- Further information on preparing for a major flood event, and other emergency situations, can be found on the State Government’s Get Ready Queensland website. Remember once you enter flood waters, you are giving up control of your vehicle - if it's flooded, forget it!
During an event Council has a dedicated Disaster Management Communications Centre (07 3412 5222) where you can find out information on the levels of the Logan and Albert Rivers and the City’s creeks. A recorded message is regularly updated once an official flood warning has been issued.
- Be careful when returning to your home after a flood, do not enter floodwaters
- Don't use gas or electrical appliances that have been flood-affected
- Record details of flood damage by photos or video, if possible for insurance purposes
- Do not eat food that has been in contact with flood water, and boil all tap water until supplies have been declared safe
Flood watch cameras
Council has installed a number of flood watch cameras as a joint initiative of Logan City Council, the Commonwealth Government and the Queensland Government.
The cameras are a useful tool to check creek levels across the city and allow the community to better prepare and plan their response to flooding. This includes identifying the need to plan alternative routes to stay safe where there are road closures.
The cameras operate on a 24 hour basis, however during the night hours the quality of the image may change due to lighting restrictions. Currently, Council has cameras located at the following locations:
- Schmidt's Creek, Schmidt's Road, Logan Reserve
- Henderson Creek, Cusack Lane, Jimboomba
- Oxley Creek, Goodna Road, Greenbank
- Scrubby Creek, Kurrajong Drive, Marsden
Please note: The date and time are stamped on each image to allow accurate monitoring. Camera images currently update every 20 minutes, however this may change during a major event.
Location: Schmidt’s Creek, Schmidt’s Road, Logan Reserve
Disclaimer: Every effort is made to ensure the camera images are as accurate as possible. There is no validation of this information. It is the responsibility of the user to make their own decision about the currency, accuracy and completeness of the informaiton and images. Logan City Council accepts no responsibility or liability for any loss or damage incurred as a resut of this informaiton or its use in any way.
Interactive flood mapping
It is important to understand your flood risk so that you can prepare for and reduce the impact of flooding on your home, property or business.
Council's interactive mapping allows you to view flood mapping for your property and identify areas which may be at risk of flooding.
Mapping is based on flood modelling rather than actual events. The interactive mapping was developed for the purpose of planning and development. The maps shows a modelled flood event with a 1% chance of occurring in any year. When viewing the map, you should consider that every flood event is different and that flood events larger and smaller can occur. The interactive map can also be used to determine key access roads and other facilities that may be affected.
To view the flood mapping for your property, select the "Overlays" box in the menu to the left of the map. Understanding your flood risk and the potential impacts can allow you to better prepare your family, home or business.
Council provides the following factsheets to further explain flood modelling and flood risk:
- Flood Modelling - The Facts (PDF 80 KB)
- Flooding and your property (PDF 71 KB)
- Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 104 KB)