Stay alert on latest weather and dam releases in Somerset

SOMERSET Regional Council has become the first local government authority to partner with Seqwater in delivering a streamlined process to sign up to combined weather alerts.

Residents can now get weather warnings and dam release notifications in one simple process through the Early Warning Network (EWN) site.

Council signed up with EWN several years ago to provide Somerset residents with free severe weather alerts, based on their location.

Council's disaster management officer Adam Staunton said the alerts provided residents with important information about impending severe weather.

"This has been a popular service with thousands of Somerset residents registering to receive the free alerts," Mr Staunton said.

"Council is pleased now to partner with Seqwater and encourage residents to not only register for the weather alerts but also the dam release notification services in one simple step.

"The weather alerts are location-based, so you only receive warnings if your residential address may be impacted and residents can select which dams they would like to receive notifications about too.

"The entire sign-up process is really simple and only takes a few minutes."

Seqwater Chief Executive Officer Peter Dennis said the Somerset community would be well prepared for weather events by signing up for the notification services.

"Our dam release notification service offers email, SMS or voice to landline notifications for 26 of our gated and un-gated dams, including Wivenhoe, Somerset and Atkinson dams.

"Subscribers can choose to receive notifications when we're releasing water using the gates at Wivenhoe and Somerset dams or when Atkinson is spilling.

We also advise if the outflows from an un-gated dam increase to a level that may cause a downstream hazard, such as fast-flowing water."

Mr Dennis said Seqwater had expanded its dam release notification service last year.

"New notifications are now sent to notify subscribers that Seqwater's Flood Operations Centre may or will be mobilised, and in the event that gated dam releases are possible or due to commence at a certain time," he said.

"I encourage residents to take advantage of the new streamlined process by signing up for both the Early Warning Network and dam release notifications."


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