The Gold Coast suburbs most at risk of flooding
Following the recent floods, that saw many parts of south-east Queensland and indeed the Gold Coast inundated, we take a look at which Gold Coast suburbs are prone to flooding, which areas are safe and how to mitigate your risks. Since the recent unprecedented weather events that caused so much devastation in many parts of South East Queensland and NSW, we have received many enquiries about which areas are prone to flooding and which areas of the Gold Coast are safe. We will look at what caused the floods, which areas are affected by flooding and how to find out if a property is in a flood zone. What caused the 2022 QLD floods? The floods came at the tale-end of 'La Niña' and was caused by a low pressure system over Queensland's southern coast dragging moisture from the Coral Sea while at the same time a high pressure system towards New Zealand stopped the low pressure system to move away, and as a result dropping a 'rain bomb' on the area causing dams to spill, rivers to flood and pushing the city's storm water systems to the edge resulting in widespread flooding. Which areas on the Gold Coast were affected by the 2022 floods? There was flash flooding across many parts of the Gold Coast as the city couldn't handle the deluge of rain as streets were inundated and many of the rivers and creeks broke their banks and experienced flooding including the Pimpama,- Coomera,- and Nerang Rivers, Albert and Logan Rivers, Mudgeeraba,- Tallebudgera,- and Currumbin Creeks. Where are the Gold Coast flood zones? It is no surprise that the suburbs that are more prone to flooding are those in and around the many Gold Coast rivers, creeks and man-made lakes and waterways. When looking at the Gold Coast Flood Overlay Map it is clear that the lower-lying areas, closer to the coast, generally have a higher risk of flooding. To find the suburbs with the least chance of flooding you have to go inland, and find higher ground, looking at the flood overlay maps these suburbs include: Currumbin Valley, Springbrook, Tallebudgera Valley, Burleigh Heads, Bonogin, Tallai, much of Mudgeeraba and Robina, Worongary, Highland Park, Ashmore, Molendinar, Gaven, Parkwood, Arundel, Gilston, Nerang, Pacific Pines, Oxenford, Upper Coomera, Willow Vale, Ormeau Hills, Yatala. Most suburbs of the Gold Coast however have some danger of flooding, this can be very localised; contained to only a few lower-lying streets or properties near a waterway, or it can be entire blocks and even entire suburbs. It is therefor important, that no matter where you look to settle, you check what the situation is for that suburb, street and the individual property. How do I find out if a property is in a flood zone area? The City of Gold Coast has an interactive map showing the Gold Coast flood zones. Flood overlay shows areas of land identified in the state planning policy and include areas of land with flooding and inundation potential and/or overland flow paths. The purpose of the Flood overlay is to regulate development occurring in flood affected areas. So what this means; is that, if a property is in a flood zone, it doesn't necessarily mean it's going to flood. The area it is in has been identified as having the potential for flooding. The objective is that property development is located, designed and managed to mitigate the risk. Many (newer) homes are being built with consideration of flooding and rising water levels. Adjustments to existing properties can also be made to reduce the risks. How to use the interactive flood zone map Go to: http://cityplanmaps.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/CityPlan/index.html Step 1. select Overlays Step 2. select Flood Step 3. enter address, street or suburb Where to find a property flood report? Take it one step further, and you can also buy a flood level search report for a specific property from the Gold Coast City Council which is a more detailed report that will show the properties' surveyed floor level and the designated flood level. Is it still safe to buy or rent a waterfront property? You'd be wrong to assume that buying or renting one of the many waterfront homes in the Gold Coast is categorically a bad idea. What was noticeable that many properties directly on the waterways have been spared from flooding in 2022. It all depends on where the water is coming from, and how the specific area is developed. You will need to investigate the specifics of each property's location and it's built to assess the risk and make well-informed decisions. Apart from buying a flood report, look at insurance options and premiums. It is also recommended to engage a licensed surveyor to determine accurate property and floor levels, especially if you're buying. Should you get flood insurance? When buying or renting, especially in a flood zone, consider what home and/or contents insurance you need and want. Each insurer calculates the risk of flooding or other natural disasters differently, and not all insurers offer flood cover, so you need to shop around for the best cover and premiums. The government's moneysmart website is a great place to start, it has lots of useful information and tips to ensure you get the cover you need. Read next.... 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