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Laidley to get new flood warning system

By Rhianwen Whitney, Tuesday March 5, 2013 - 13:30 EDT

A flood early warning system will be installed upstream of Laidley in southern Queensland's Lockyer Valley.

Local properties were inundated in the Australia Day floods and residents were again put on alert after heavy rain at the weekend.

Mayor Steve Jones says a camera and gauge will be installed upstream at Mulgowie.

"The electronic monitoring equipment that we have installed in streams and rainfall gauges across the shire has been extremely effective," he said.

"I know in recent events the equipment that's installed, for example at Murphys Creek, has given such a vivid picture continually throughout the event.

"That's so useful in terms of warning people and in terms of dispatching resources."

He says it is part of a rollout of warning systems.

"We've already got a quite developed network of electronic rainfall gauges and some other creek gauges that assist us with Mulgowie and the Forest Hill area," he said.

"But this gauge will give us a further chapter in [the] book and it helps us identify problems before they occur much easier."


- ABC

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