Flooded road warning system recognised in QLD resilience awards

Logan City Council’s new flooded road smart warning system is helping improve road safety around floodwaters on its road network.Logan City Council’s Flooded Road Smart Warning System (FRSWS), along with two other disaster resilience measures, have been named the 2017 Get Ready Queensland Resilient Australia Award winners.

Member for Logan Linus Power said Logan City Council’s FRSWS – which involved low cost automatic warning signs, powered by recycled laptop batteries – was given a thorough test in March 2017 when more than 100 roads across Logan were flooded in the aftermath of ex Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

“This system was rolled out earlier this year to reduce drivers entering flood waters, helping to lessen the burden on emergency services,” Mr. Power said.

“Unlike previous events in 2013 and 2015 which tragically resulted in 35 swift water rescues and a fatality, I understand no vehicles drove into flood waters in this latest event, a great safety outcome for our community.”

Aidforce – a business that connects professional services and labour to those affected by disaster through innovation, technology and education – is one of the other winners, while the Good Shepherd Microfinance ‘Money Ready Toolkit’ – a guide to help people get back on their feet sooner following a disaster – is the other.

The three initiatives have been recognised for their contribution to disaster relief and resilience in the state through the awards and will now represent Queensland in the national awards.

Winners of the national awards will be announced in late 2017.

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