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Sign of things to come for notorious flash-flooding areas

EARLY WARNING: Goodna Councillor Paul Tully (left) launches the new flood signs at Goodna with Shane Barnes from SEQ UHF Emergency Services Team. (LEFT) Flooding on Albert St in 2014.
EARLY WARNING: Goodna Councillor Paul Tully (left) launches the new flood signs at Goodna with Shane Barnes from SEQ UHF Emergency Services Team. (LEFT) Flooding on Albert St in 2014. Contributed

TWO of Goodna's most notorious flash-flooding hotspots have been fitted with digital flood detectors and warning signs.

Local area councillor Paul Tully pushed for the installation of the warning signs following countless floods on Smiths Rd and Albert St over the years.

Cr Tully said gullies that crossed the two busy roads were subject to flooding, "almost every summer" but it had taken authorities too long to arrive with flood barricades to appropriately warn off motorists.

The new warning system includes automatic sensors in the road, which will detect when the water is across the bitumen, sending a message to the large amber light and red digital display sign on the road side.

"These signs will significantly improve road safety for local drivers," Cr Tully said.

Cr Tully implored drivers to heed the State Government emergency warning: "If it's flooded, forget it".

He said he planned to install similar signs on Jones Rd Bellbird Park next financial year between Katandra Cr and Brennan St.

The commissioning of the new flood signs was attended by Shane Barnes, head of SEQ UHF Emergency Services Team based at Goodna, which monitors UHF frequencies across southeast Queensland to assist drivers and residents in emergencies.

Mr Barnes said the new flood signage was tremendous for the area and would reduce the number of vehicles entering any floodwater.

"The good thing is that they are triggered automatically, with sophisticated sensors that can detect the increasing height of the water," he said.

"These two roads are usually cut only for very short times during flash flooding but they are the most-affected roads in Goodna."

Topics:  detectors, digital flood, flash-flooding, goodna, ipswich, sign, wildweather




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