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Cameras added to Fraser Coast flood warning network

7 Febraury 2020

Two new cameras have been added to the Fraser Coast Regional Council’s flood early warning network.

The new cameras were jointly funded by the State and Local government under the Queensland Disaster Resilience Fund.

Chair of the Local Disaster Management Group Cr Rolf Light said a third camera should be installed by the end of July.

“These cameras have three purposes,” Cr Light said.

“They give residents instant access to information on flood waters.

“By simply logging on to the disaster dashboard residents can select a camera and see the height of flood waters and know if bridges and roads are open or closed.

“Council and the Bureau of Meteorology also use the information when calculating our flood prediction models and they provide a backup in case our electronic measuring equipment fails.

“If the electronic system fails, we can use the cameras to see the flood heights against fixed known heights and in some cases manual markers at points along our rivers rather than having to send staff out to record the measurements in often dangerous conditions.

“The solar-powered cameras are backed up with batteries that can last up to five days between charges.

“We can also have a look around the area as the cameras can work at night and have pan, tilt and zoom capability,” Cr Light said.

The first of the new cameras focusses on the Granville Bridge from Queens Park. It can also be panned to view the river towards the Brolga Theatre.

The second new camera has been installed to view Teddington Weir and the access road.

The third camera will cover Guava Street to Kent Street and Mary Street. Guava Street is the main access to Granville once lower Kent Street is cut by floodwaters. 

The Queensland Government provided $38,790 towards the $126,000 project.

Council now has seven cameras in its flood warning network, along with 21 automatic weather monitoring and flood warning stations.

“While it is great to have the cameras and weather stations, residents still need to be prepared,” Cr Light said.

“As we head into the cyclone and storm season, residents should review their ‘What if’ Plans to make sure they are up to date.

“It is important to think about these plans, as the recent bushfires have shown, natural disasters can strike at any moment.

“Having a ‘What If’ Plan covers a lot of situations such as ensuring you know where you are going to go if you have to leave; what you are going to do with your pets; that you have adequate supplies of medication and a bit of non-perishable food stashed away in case of an emergency.

“If you would like to find out more about a ‘What If’ plan head to the Council’s Disaster Dashboard

“The dashboard and our Facebook page, are a great source of local information, not just when a natural disaster is unfolding.

“The days of looking for multiple websites about weather information, public warning messages, road closures, maps and social media feeds are over. The Disaster Dashboard centralises the information in one easy display.” 

All of councils flood cameras can be found on the disaster dashboard map.