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Alerts and warnings

Go to the Bureau of Meteorology website for warnings about floods or severe storms and cyclones that may cause flooding.

Warnings will also be broadcast on local radio and TV.

Flood warnings 

Flood warnings will be classed as one of the following.

Minor flooding

Minor flooding causes inconvenience. 

Minor roads and low-level bridges may be closed.

In urban areas flooding may affect some backyards and building structures below the ground-floor level as well as bicycle and pedestrian paths. 

In rural areas you may need to remove stock and equipment.

Moderate flooding

Flooding is more substantial. 

Main traffic routes may be affected. 

Some buildings may be flooded above floor level. 

You may need to evacuate flooded areas. 

Stock must be removed from rural areas.

Major flooding

Flooding is extensive and includes major rural and/or urban areas. 

Many buildings may be flooded above the floor level. 

Properties and towns are likely to be isolated. 

Major rail and traffic routes will be closed. 

You may need to evacuate flooded areas. 

You may not have utility services such as power and sewerage.

When you hear a flood or storm warning for your area

If a flood or storm warning is issued for your area, you should:

  • activate your household emergency plan
  • listen to your local radio or TV for further information
  • check that your neighbours know of the warning
  • move outdoor equipment, rubbish, chemicals and poisons to a high place
  • check your car and fill it with fuel
  • block toilets and floor drains from inside the home to stop sewage backing up
  • stack furniture and possessions above the likely flood level, for example on beds or in the roof - put electrical items on top
  • secure objects that could float and cause damage
  • have your emergency kit and water supply close by
  • secure your pets
  • sandbag off or move valuable goods and equipment
  • move livestock to high ground.