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Flooded road warning system ready for storm season

Published: 7 November 2019

Flooded road warning system ready for storm season
Logan City Council Acting Roads and Water Director Daryl Ross and Federal MP for Forde Bert van Manen inspect one of the Flooded Road Safety Warning Systems on Logan Reserve Road.

Logan’s award-winning Flooded Road Smart Warning System is expanding.

Twenty-one new systems are at flood-prone roads across the city.

Logan City Council and the Federal Government each provided $250,000 to the project.

The federal funding was through the Smart Cities and Suburbs program.

Federal Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said the system improved safety.

“When Cyclone Debbie flooded roads across Logan in 2017, no vehicles drove into floodwaters at sites where the smart warning systems had been installed,” Mr Tudge said.

Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen inspected the systems today.

He said they would boost road safety during extreme weather.

“These smart warning signs help to prevent drivers from accidentally entering floodwaters on dark and rainy nights,” Mr van Manen said.

“The automatically activated lights warn drivers to steer clear of flooded roads, and the smart system updates flood information on the Logan City Council website.”

Logan City Council has also received funding from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority.

That funding will bring the number of smart signs installed by Easter 2020 to 92.

Council’s Roads and Water Acting Director Daryl Ross said the system would save lives.

"This warning system is a vital tool in strengthening our resilience to flood events," Mr Ross said.

"More of these signs in our city means we are on better footing for storm season.”

The scheme won Excellence in Road Safety at the 2019 Institute Public Works Engineering Australasia Awards.

Council developed the system with Griffith University researchers.

The project is being delivered with Logan social enterprise Substation33.