The effectiveness and need for flash flood warning systems in a regional inland city in Australia

Nieland, Carlette and Mushtaq, Shahbaz (2016) The effectiveness and need for flash flood warning systems in a regional inland city in Australia. Natural Hazards, 80 (1). pp. 153-171. ISSN 0921-030X


The paper explores, from a householder’s point of view, the effectiveness and need for an improved flood warning system in an inland regional city, Toowoomba, which experienced a severe flash flood in January 2011. A survey was conducted across 75 households in four different areas in Toowoomba. It investigated how many people received a warning about the flash flood, how they were warned, and their opinion of flood warning systems post-flood. The results show that no flash flood warning was issued and the local community was completely overwhelmed by the January 2011 flash flood event. Overall awareness of the risk of flash floods appeared to be quite high, especially following the January 2011 event, and the common opinion was that a flash flood warning system in Toowoomba would be extremely useful. However, a level of uncertainty exists, particularly with regard to who should be responsible for providing flood warning systems. Education and home location in the risk areas are identified as important variables influencing opinion and awareness of flash flooding. Improved and coordinated information together with clear lines of responsibility for providing flood information, better lead time, and more reliable flood warning will greatly assist in future flood risk mitigation.

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Date Deposited: 03 Jul 2016 23:55
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Uncontrolled Keywords: flood warning; awareness; households; Queensland
Fields of Research (2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management
Fields of Research (2020): 37 EARTH SCIENCES > 3702 Climate change science > 370201 Climate change processes
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410406 Natural resource management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960911 Urban and Industrial Land Management
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960311 Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
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