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Flooded road warning system wins national award

Published: 17 May 2017

Flooded road warning system wins national award
Mayor Luke Smith, Cr Laurie Smith and Cr Phil Pidgeon with one of the flooded road signs.

The City of Logan’s Flooded Road Smart Warning System has won the 2017 National Award for Local Government in the Road Safety Category.

The highly coveted awards attract strong competition from councils across Australia, recognising innovative and resourceful solutions implemented by local governments to make a difference in their communities.

City of Logan Mayor Luke Smith said the award win was testament to council’s commitment to better prepare the city for severe weather and ensuring the safety of motorists.

“Council identified there were a number of flood-prone roads across this city where there was a risk of vehicles being driven inadvertently into dangerous floodwaters, particularly on dark wet nights,” he said.

“Council worked with researchers at Griffith University to develop an innovative system that activates when the road floods. Low-cost, solar-powered flashing signs 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 Committee Chairman, Councillor Phil Pidgeon said as part of the project council has also worked with a local not-for-profit social enterprise, Substation 33, to develop and install the innovative low cost automatic warning signs.  

“Council has entered into a purchasing arrangement with Substation 33 whose core business is recycling e-waste,” he said.

“Through Council’s project, Substation 33 has become much more than a waste recycling operation, and is helping train and rehabilitate many people for entry (or re-entry) into the workforce.”

Cr Pidgeon said Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie gave the system a thorough testing at the end of March 2017 when more than 100 roads across Logan were flooded.

“Unlike some previous events, no vehicles drove into the flood waters at the sites where the signs had been installed,” he said.

“The project has been very well received by the community, and it has been suggested that the system may have already saved lives, reduced trauma, and reduced risks to emergency personnel and Council staff.”