Review into Queensland flood crisis reveals emergency warnings were too slow

An independent review into Queensland’s flood crisis this year revealed emergency alerts took too long to reach vulnerable residents.

The review, led by ex-governor of Queensland Paul de Jersey investigated the government’s response to flooding in south-east Queensland, which destroyed 23,000 homes and killed 13 people this year.

Brisbane received 80 per cent of its annual rainfall in just three days over February, with several surrounding regions also devastated by floods.

“I’ve reached the view this was a worst case scenario for Brisbane and it’s people,” de Jersey said.

Thousands of homes were destroyed and 13 people were killed in February’s flood event. (Nine)

“In the end I’m very proud of the people of Brisbane who reacted to this event and to the council and its staff for the way they dealt with it responsibly with great dedication.”

Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said 37 recommendations had been made during the review to deal with future flooding catastrophes and all would be implemented.

Several communities were devastated by the rising floodwaters. (Craig Schonrock Facebook)
Flooding in Dalby, sou8th-east Queensland (Nine)

Of primary concern was the implementation of mobile emergency alert systems, which faced “unreasonable delays” in notifying Brisbane’s 1.2 million affected residents.

“This is a national system but also implemented by state governments around Australia,” Schrinner said.

Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said emergency alerts sent by mobile took too long to reach Brisbane’s 1.2 million vulnerable residents. (Nine)

“We were concerned with the unreasonable delays in information getting out and that is something I believe must be addressed before the next storm system comes our way.

“The early alert system is absolutely critical.”

He added more people needed to be registered for the voluntary alert system, with only 14 per cent of Brisbane residents signed up to the warnings.

He added the situation on the ground was rapidly changing, with emergency warnings from the Bureau of Meteorology escalating quickly due to unpredictable conditions.

Paul de Jersey said “neighbours helping neighbours” played a crucial part in the state’s flood recovery. (Nine)

“The situation moved incredibly quickly, we did our absolute best to respond quickly but the information provided by the Bureau (BoM) was changing and the responses on the ground were changing.”

For the second time in weeks outback Queensland is bracing for a soaking. Trish Sloan, an employee at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, was on site as water  pouring down a rocky outcrop, forming a waterfall.  The Britton Way causeway can be seen in the background.

Outback Queensland drenched for second time in weeks

“Predictions on the level of rainfall we got from the Bureau were undercooked.

“It was the most rain ever recorded in just a few days in Brisbane’s history.”

De Jersey said a crucial takeaway was the response of residents and their willingness to help their neighbours, which formed the bulk of flood recovery across the south-east.

“One feature which emerges very strongly was the spontaneous outpouring of support amongst the community- neighbours helping neighbours.”

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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