Subway Ave at Pomona has been identified by Noosa Council as a possible site for a new flood monitoring station.
Subway Ave at Pomona has been identified by Noosa Council as a possible site for a new flood monitoring station. Contributed

Flood monitoring planned for vulnerable Coast roads

RESPONSES to flooding at vulnerable hinterland roads are set to improve with the installation of up to five new warning stations.

Noosa Council has called for tenders to supply and install monitoring equipment at Garnet St and Elm St in Cooroy, Liane Dr at Lake Macdonald, Gympie Kin Kin Rd at Wahpunga and two possible sites at Subway Ave and Hill St in Pomona.

They will be positioned near roads to give the council real-time information on how quickly flood levels are rising and falling.

Noosa Council asset officer Craig Smit said not all sites were guaranteed to get new stations, with the final list depending on tender process outcomes.

Rainfall and creek level data will be sent from the new stations to the council office in Tewantin before being sent to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Garnet St at Cooroy has been identified by Noosa Council as a possible site for a new flood warning station.
Garnet St at Cooroy has been identified by Noosa Council as a possible site for a new flood warning station. John McCutcheon

Mr Smit said the council already had flood monitoring equipment at 18 other sites and the new stations would give a better understanding of the Six Mile Creek and Kin Kin Creek catchments.

"If we can see a creek level is going up and it is going to inundate specific roads, we can get the (warning) signs up before or as it is going over,” Mr Smit said.

Coast-based flood risk management specialist Damian McGarry, who worked with the council on choosing the sites, said data collected would prove valuable in the short and long-terms.

Mr McGarry said information would help with disaster management and decisions on infrastructure planning, such as road upgrades, as well as development applications in catchment areas.

He said historical records on flooding did not go back very far on the Sunshine Coast but that would improve with more stations and monitoring.

"It really is for the next generation,” Mr McGarry said.


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