New Technology Delivers Better Flood Warnings

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Image Credit: Disaster Dashboard

A better bird’s-eye view of approaching floods near Howard, Pacific Haven and Burrum Heads is now possible for anyone with Internet access on a phone or PC, thanks to additional technology installed recently.

Fraser Coast Local Disaster Management Group Chair Councillor Rolf Light said the installation of extra flood warning and notification capabilities meant greater safety for all concerned.

“The new auto flashing lights and camera combination on the Burrum River Bridge will provide a valuable visual aid for the Council, responding agencies and residents,” Cr Light said.

“This capability allows Council to provide early flood warnings and telemetry data from both the new camera and gauge at Walls Camp Pacific Haven and the Burrum River Bridge.

“Critical hydrology data is pushed to the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) server and Council’s Disaster Dashboard where it’s easily accessed via the internet.

“The project is a great example of using state-of-the-art technology to make a positive difference in the lives of people at Burrum Heads, Howard and Pacific Haven.

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Walls Camp Road.  Image Credit: Disaster Dashboard

Cr Light said a rain gauge had also been installed at the Portside flood gauge location in Maryborough, significantly enhancing the total early warning and prediction network.

Cr Light said the Dashboard provided people and agencies with a ‘One Stop Shop’ of information during severe weather events, allowing people to get all the relevant information they need quickly.

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Burrum River crossing.  Image Credit: Disaster Dashboard

“It is important to remember that with all life-threatening emergencies, people still need to call 000, or the SES on 132500 for storm or flood assistance.”

The $64,163 auto flashing lights and camera on the Burrum River Bridge was funded from the Disaster Management Levy; the Walls Camp camera and gauge were jointly funded by Council and the State and Federal governments, totalling $53,375.