Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flood Watch Eyes Cover Fatality Site

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Flood Watch Eyes Cover Fatality Site

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Byline: Amy Lyne The Gatton Star

A NEW $120,000 flood warning system has been installed at Sandy Creek Crossing in the Lockyer Valley.

The high-tech system is a first for the region and is at the site on Woodlands Rd near Gatton where two people lost their lives during the 2013 floods.

Lockyer Valley Mayor Steve Jones acknowledged the expense, but said if it saved one life it would be a[approximately]well and truly worth it'.

"If we go back to the time of those fatalities which occurred here, you only just have to travel around the road here to know that particularly if it was at night, but even during the day, it would be very easy to be entrapped in water," he said.

"It certainly has great benefit emotionally and socially for people."

Prospect Environmental Queensland was responsible for the project and regional manager Ralf Muller said it was world-class leading system.

It has two elements, an alert tower which monitors the creek and rainfall through cameras, and two signs on either side of the crossing which are linked through sensors. …

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