The recent flooding in Queensland is having a devastating impact on people's lives and livelihoods. Unfortunately, the flood will also affected the health of South East Queensland's (SEQ) waterways and Moreton Bay. In this section, you will find:
What is a flood?
Floods are a natural, reoccurring process that have historically shaped the landscape of South East Queensland. South East Queensland’s sub-tropical climate makes it prone to weather that can cause flooding. Floods in our region are predominately caused by heavy rainfall, but may also be a result of swollen rivers or tidal surges.
There are two types of flooding that can occur:
- Flash flooding refers to water coming ‘down’ and involves intense rainfall, rapid rise of water levels and high flows of water moving through the catchment.
- River flooding refers to water coming ‘up’ and involves prolonged rainfall and slow rise of water levels.
Sherwood State School. Image courtesy of Heidi Den Ronden.