ALERT: Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann inspects the installation of Flood Early Warning System sirens off Schmidt Rd at Fernvale with Greenspan employees Graydon Carter and Peter Sayer.
ALERT: Somerset Mayor Graeme Lehmann inspects the installation of Flood Early Warning System sirens off Schmidt Rd at Fernvale with Greenspan employees Graydon Carter and Peter Sayer. Contributed

Somerset flood early warning system taking shape

A SERIES of flood early data stations and sirens are being installed across the Somerset.

Stations at Fernvale and Lowood will send data to the council offices in Esk as part of a Flood Early Warning System.

The stations will collate and transfer collected data to the base station located in the Esk Council office.

This data will assist in the early detection of a significant river or rain event in the areas downstream of Wivenhoe.

The system has been designed so it can be expanded over time to include additional river and or rain gauges and warning sirens.

The gauging stations have been built with multiple levels of redundancy to ensure if one piece of equipment fails there will be a back-up.

Warning sirens being installed at Schmidt Rd, Fernvale and Lindemans Rd, Lowoodwill be activated in the event of a flood and will act as a warning signal to residents that flooding is imminent and evacuations may be necessary.

The $750,000 system is being funded by the state government.



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