This mapping product should not be used for development assessment and/or insurance eligibility determination. The Storm Tide Evacuation Mapping is different to Council's flood hazard assessment which identifies risks associated with flooding due to a prolonged rainfall event, which could be in conjunction with a storm tide. The flood hazard assessment is incorporated into Council's local planning scheme, the 'Cairns Plan', to ensure development within the region has immunity to a defined flood event. For residents who wonder why they are in a storm tide high risk zone, but can't recall any flooding in their neighbourhood, the guide explains the difference between flooding and storm tide.
Council's storm tide evacuation maps are based on modelling using geographic data and may not be an exact representation of what may happen if inundation from a storm tide surge occurs.
Storm tide evacuation maps identify where flooding may occur if there is a storm tide. There are three different colours indicating zones.
|These properties face a moderate risk of coastal flooding from a storm tide. Flooding may be experienced in areas between 3m and 4.5m above AHD.|
These properties face a high risk of coastal flooding from a storm tide. Flooding may be experienced in areas between 2m and 3m above AHD.
|These properties face the highest risk of coastal flooding from a storm tide. Flooding may be experienced in areas up to 2m above AHD.|
How to use the maps
- Find your property on the map
- If your property is coloured red, orange or yellow you may be at risk of storm tide inundation
- If you residence is not coloured you are NOT in a storm tide surge evacuation zone. There are still steps you should take before, during and after a cyclone.
- If your property is coloured determine primary and alternative evacuation routes to a safe location (family, friends, colleagues on higher ground), as outlined in your emergency plan.
- During a cyclone stay informed via radio, TV, this website and social media.
Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the suburbs of: Aeroglen, Barron, Freshwater, Edge Hill, Whitfield, Redlynch, Brinsmead, Kamerunga, Stratford, Parramatta Park, Kanimbla, Cairns North, Manunda, Manoora, Cairns City, Mooroobool, Bungalow, Portsmith, Woree, White Rock, Mount Sheridan, Bentley Park, Edmonton, East Trinty, Glen Boughton, Wrights Creek, Earlville, Bayview Heights. More
Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the suburbs of: Ellis Beach, Palm Cove, Macalister Range, Clifton Beach, Kewarra Beach, Trinity Beach, Trinity Park, Smithfield, Yorkeys Knob, Holloways Beach, Caravonica, Machans Beach, Barron, Freshwater, Stratford, Aeroglen, Barron Gorge, Kamerunga. More
Evacuation maps and routes for people living in a RED, ORANGE or YELLOW zone in the suburbs of: Aeroglen, Barron, Brinsmead, East Trinity, Edge Hill, Freshwater, Second Beach, Stratford, Whitfield, Bungalow, Bayview Heights, Earlville, Kanimbla, Cairns CBD, Bayview Heights, Earlville, White Rock. More