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Flooded road warning signs light up

Published: 8 February 2017

Flooded road warning signs light up
Photo caption(L-R): City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith, Roads and Water Infrastructure Chairman Councillor Phil Pidgeon, Divisional Councillor Laurie Smith and Member for Logan Linus Power
New, innovative flooded road smart warning systems will be rolled out across the City of Logan.

As part of Council’s commitment to better prepare the city for severe weather, Council allocated $250,000 to install flashing warning signs on priority flood-prone roads across the city

Mayor Luke Smith, who is the Logan Local Disaster Management Group Chairperson, said Council was determined to reduce the risk of drivers inadvertently driving into dangerous floodwaters.

“Council has worked with researchers at Griffith University to develop an innovative system that is now being rolled out at priority flood-prone roads in Logan,” Mayor Smith said.

“The project is also being delivered by Council in partnership with Substation 33, a not-for-profit social enterprise based in Logan.

“When the road floods, low-cost, solar-powered flashing signs will trigger automatically. The smart signs can also automatically update flood information on Council’s website, and provide real-time information to other web pages in the future.”

Roads and Water Infrastructure Chairman, Councillor Phil Pidgeon said Council had assessed 450 flood-prone locations to identify those of most risk to drivers.

“Some locations have permanent signage but it’s either not seen or is ignored during flooding,” Cr Pidgeon said.

“There are many floodways where we’ve installed permanent warning signs and depth markers, yet there’s still a chance drivers might inadvertently drive into flood waters.

“When people need to be rescued from flooded roads, it can be very distressing for everyone involved, including the rescuers who put themselves at risk.”

Council’s initiative has been boosted with a $375,000 grant as part of the State Government’s $70 million local government infrastructure and jobs boost.

Member for Logan Linus Power said funding was awarded to Council to help them to deliver an innovative local project to increase community resilience to flooding.

“We know how important great infrastructure is to our community and these grants mean that our councils will be able to deliver this infrastructure,” Mr Power said.