The weather here can be perfect, but we can still be in a flood.
Jane Gibson dressed in SES uniform chats while standing next to SES boat and car. Jane talks into radio while standing outside.
I’m Jane Gibson, I’m the local controller here for Logan State Emergency Service. It’s my role to activate a unit in response to any disaster or emergency.
During the 2022 floods we were activated for almost two weeks. We had over 1500 requests for assistance during that time.
That included a major resupply operation that we ran in conjunction with Council.
Aerial footage of flooded Logan suburbs
Every time it floods there are isolated communities so a lot of new residents have moved here to Logan and they were not aware at all that they were going to be isolated. And they were just not prepared at all.
So it can be quiet dangerous.
SES Officer Jim Ferguson dressed in his SES uniform stands beside the SES boat
During the 2017 floods which was ex tropical Cyclone Debbie, Logan was hit particularly hard.
We have two river systems, we have the Logan River and the Albert River.
The Logan River came up slowly and stayed up for a long time, whereas the Albert River came up fast and flowed very fast but then went down relatively quickly thereafter.
SES officers back up vehicle to SES boat and prepare to tow it.
So from a Logan SES perspective we had two challenges.
The residents that we had to evacuate from the homes were probably aware that it was going to flood but not to the extent of the flooding that happened as it was one of the biggest floods that Logan’s ever had.
I think we took around about 35 people out of their homes including dogs, cats and assorted birds.
Man scrolls through Disaster Management Dashboard on his laptop computer
What new Logan residents could potentially do is ensure that they look at the Logan SES website and the Logan City Council Disaster Management Dashboard and make appropriate judgements based on that.
Be aware of where you live and if you are going to be isolated during a flood, so you do educate yourself on what you need to get by.
Don’t be frightened of floods, but by all means be aware of them.