Will help predict flash flooding

Flooding in Clare last year.

Flooding in Clare last year.

A new flood monitoring system is set to revolutionise the way authorities manage the risk of floods across the state.

Named FloodMon, the system is a collaborative effort between the South Australian State Emergency Service, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources, and the Commonwealth-State Disaster Resilience Program.

FloodMon uses near real-time data such as rain and water level gauge readings and forecast information like rain radars, and is available to flood emergency managers in state and local government to help them assess conditions, predict flash flooding and issue warnings.

Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton said the new system would benefit emergency services.

“Flood is a costly and dangerous natural hazard and the FloodMon project will be enormously beneficial for authorities who monitor and respond to incidents across the state,” he said.

“By providing emergency services with more information about potential flash-flooding, we hope to stay ahead of the consequences of massive rain events

“Access to flood information is critical for emergency services to undertake effective response and to be able to inform the community through public warnings so that they can be better prepared.

“FloodMon will enable first responders to better allocate resources, provide more timely warnings to the community and have a whole-of-state common operating picture for storm and flood events.”

In September last year the Clare Valley was hit hard by flooding during a blackout that affected the entire state.

Just under a year later, the Clare and Gilbert Valleys council were successfully approved were $4 million in funding under the Local Government Disaster Recovery Program. 

The money was put towards repairing infrastructure damage from the floods and council recently appointed three tenders, with work expected to commence shortly.