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More cameras to monitor Somerset region flood threats

Wednesday October 2, 2013 - 13:16 EST

The Somerset Regional Council Mayor says residents still need to make their own emergency preparations, despite further flood warning measures being put in place.

The council has successfully applied for state funding to install five river height monitors and cameras.

The region suffered widespread flooding in 2011 and again earlier this year.

Graeme Lehmann says the region is now better prepared but the public still needs to be cautious.

"I think everybody's learnt a lot out of the 2011 floods and these systems that we're putting in place will be really good to be able to monitor flood levels and one of the things we've got to be able to do though is don't become complacent," he said.

He says the new cameras will add to the three already installed at key waterways.

"What will happen with these cameras, we can focus in on flood levels at creeks and bridges and that way it can give us an on-the-spot, exact height of floodwaters and we can monitor those," he said.


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