Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Boyne Valley urges for more flood gauges

By William Rollo, Monday April 8, 2013 - 09:03 EST

Community leaders in the Boyne Valley, south-west of Gladstone in central Queensland, are calling for more flood gauges to be installed along the Boyne River.

The Gladstone Area Water Board operates two flood gauges upstream from the Awoonga Dam.

However, Frank McKee from the Many Peaks Rural Fire Brigade says because those two gauges are so close to each other, there was only limited information before homes had to be evacuated in the Boyne Tannum area during the January flood.

He says a flood gauge should be installed closer to the headwaters of the Boyne River catchment.

"If they were to get these gauges stations spread further up into a more relevant area now that the dam has been raised, that will give them a lot better idea of how much water is coming down, how elevated the levels will become," he said.

"If there is any evacuations to be called for in the lower reaches around the Boyne-Tannum area - they won't be getting half an hours notice, they might be getting four or five hours notice."

He says another gauge near Builyan would give authorities more time before floodwaters reach the dam.

"What I would like to see happen is one to be probably in very close proximity to where the Boyne River headwaters and the Glassford Creek headwaters actually merge at Boxvale, so close to Builyan," he said.

"That will give a good indication of there's a lot of water coming down past Builyan, there's a lot of water coming past Nagoorin, it will get to the dam shortly."


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Flood-affected WA farmers plead for faster relief funding

20:49 EDT

Flood-affected farmers in the Ravensthorpe shire on the south coast of WA say the State Government has been slow in reacting to their plight, adding there is a lack of comprehension around the scale of the damage.

Hot and dry autumn ahead for Australia

17:43 EDT

The seasonal outlook for autumn is hot and dry, but what is causing it? Both maximum and minimum temperatures look to be above average, especially for central Australia, extending down through inland NSW and western VIC.

Wet end to summer for eastern NSW

13:41 EDT

Wrapping up a hot and humid summer many will be happy to forget, rain is on its way for most of NSW east of the divide.