Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said it was disappointing some of the recently repaired roads would need to be fixed again.
Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said it was disappointing some of the recently repaired roads would need to be fixed again. Glyn Rees

Flood warning system for city

FLOOD warning alert stations - the same as the ones just installed in Allora - will be put in place between Killarney and Warwick, but it will be up to a year before they are ready for action.

Southern Downs Regional Council director of engineering services Peter See said the finer details were still being decided.

"Council is doing the placement design as part of the flood study," he said.

Mr See said the aim was to be able to collect more information.

"Murray's Bridge is currently the last warning before Warwick," he said.

"We are also working on how we can provide some form of siren alert for Killarney.

"It needs to be linked to a weather station up at The Head."

Each warning alert station consists of a raised 3m platform with spring-loaded access gates and a 3m rain tree.

The antenna, solar panel and rain gauge are all mounted on the top of the enclosures.

While some residents have been concerned about the accuracy of the data provided by the Bureau of Meteorology during the Australia Day weekend flood, Mr See said he had no concerns.

"It was accurate as much as variable weather can allow," he said.

"There is always uncertainty about predicted heights as it depends on many factors. The BOM do a great job."

Former Southern Downs Mayor Ron Bellingham also spoke highly of BOM.

"The weather bureau do a fantastic job forecasting flood heights," he said.

Mr Bellingham said it was hard to say if the newly-announced flood warning systems would work.

"There used to be a siren warning system in Killarney in the '60s," he said.

"It used to work extremely well," he said.

But no matter how much warning there is, not much can be done to prevent the damage floods can cause to our road network.

Southern Downs Mayor Peter Blundell said it was disappointing some of the recently repaired roads would need to be fixed again.

"Fixing the road network is one of council's top priorities," he said.

"Particularly those remote roads and our gravel road networks."

Cr Blundell said in one way it was lucky the council had only just started the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements process.

Mr Bellingham, who went through the process of applying for funding for the roads after the 2010/2011, said it was a long-winded ordeal.

"That floodwaters did the damage to completed works is simply devastating," he said.

"Shows nature at its most devastating. But there is little you can do.

"It is not like you can make road infrastructure bullet-proof."



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