Fraser Coast council adopts new disaster management planBy Alyse Edwards, Thursday October 17, 2013 - 12:12 EDT
The Fraser Coast Regional Council has adopted a new disaster management plan for the region.
Mayor Gerard O'Connell says the plan has been reviewed and rewritten based on information from January's floods.
He says the region is better prepared for the upcoming wet season.
Councillor says O'Connell new flood mapping will help residents evacuate earlier in future floods.
He says council unanimously voted to adopt the new disaster management plan and residents will be able to track predicted flood heights online.
"People will be able to track via half millimetre increments what the floods may be according to the heights and we've mapped right up to a 14-metre flood which has never happened," he said.
"So flood maps give us information so that we can more accurately predict what properties will be inundated and therefore what properties we ask people to make evacuation plans [for]."
© ABC 2013
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