Flood

Flood

Flood

The inundation of land that is normally dry through the overflowing of a body of water as a result of unusual and rapid accumulation of runoff of surface waters. Floods are estimated to be the most costly natural disaster in Australia, causing millions of dollars of damage to buildings and critical infrastructure.

Floods are often caused by excessive heavy rainfall but may also be caused by factors such as cyclonic storm surges, high tides, tsunamis, dam failure and more.

There are three common types of floods that affect Australia: slow-onset floods which are from inland rivers and may take days to build up; rapid-onset floods which occur quickly; and flash floods which result from relatively short, intense bursts of rainfall, often from thunderstorms.. 

Image: Flash flooding in Toowoomba during 2011 Queensland Floods, Tim Swinson (Wikimedia Commons)

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Name Category Location Date
Flood Flood - Gippsland, Victoria, June 2012 Flood Victoria 04/06/2012 view resource
Flood Flood - Victoria 2012 Flood Victoria 26/02/2012 view resource
Flood Flood - New South Wales 2012 Flood New South Wales 24/01/2012 view resource
Flood Flood - Queensland 2012 Flood Queensland 24/01/2012 view resource
Flood Flood - Moree, Northern New South Wales 2011 Flood New South Wales 27/11/2011 view resource
Flood Flood - Warmun, Kimberley, Western Australia 2011 Flood Western Australia 10/03/2011 view resource
Flood Flood - Victoria 2011 Flood Victoria 12/01/2011 view resource
Flood Flood - Gascoyne River, Western Australia 2010 Flood Queensland 16/12/2010 view resource
Flood Flood - Queensland, November 2010 Flood Queensland 30/11/2010 view resource
Flood Flood - Queensland February 2010 Flood Queensland 28/02/2010 view resource
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Title Author Date Format Type
A Document #qldfloods and @QPSMedia: Crisis Communication on Twitter in the 2011 South East Queensland Floods Bruns A, Burgess J, Crawford K, Shaw F 2012 application/pdf Reports view resource
A Document 2009 East Coast Low Flood Warning Community Feedback Report Dufty N for NSW State Emergency Service 2010 link Reports view resource
A Document 2012 Gippsland Flood Event - review of flood warnings and information systems Office of the Emergency Services Commissioner, Department of Justice (Vic) 2012 link Reports view resource
A Document A case study of spatial information for disaster response Department of Innovation, Science and Research 2011 link Case Studies view resource
A Document A new approach to community education Dufty N 2008 link Journal articles view resource
A Document A preliminary analysis of flood and storm disaster data in Viet Nam Nhu OL, Thu Thuy NT, Wilderspin I, et al 2011 link Research Papers view resource
A Document A state of emergency: how local businesses experienced the 2012 flood in Fiji McNamara, Karen E. 2013 application/pdf Journal articles view resource
A Document ABUHC Disaster Management Working Paper 24. Community development as an approach to reducing risks among flashflood - Affected families in Albay, Philippines. Luna, E.M. 2014 link Research Papers view resource
A Document APEC Workshop on Facing Abnormal Flood Disaster: New Vision for APEC Member Economies Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 2011 link Reports view resource
A Document Australian Emergency Manual 20: Flood Preparedness Attorney-General's Department 2009 link Manuals & Handbooks view resource
A Document Australian Emergency Manual 21: Flood Warning Attorney-General's Department 2009 link Manuals & Handbooks view resource
A Document Australian Emergency Manual 22: Flood Response Attorney-General's Department 2009 link Manuals & Handbooks view resource
A Document Australian Emergency Manual 23: Emergency Management Planning for Floods Affected by Dams Attorney-General's Department 2009 link Manuals & Handbooks view resource
A Document Australian Emergency Manual 39: Flood Rescue Boat Operation Attorney-General's Department 1999 link Manuals & Handbooks view resource
A Document Australian floods Geography Association 2012 link Case Studies view resource