Flood camera ready at Foxton
LOCAL residents and visitors can now check on the flood status of Mossman’s Foxton Bridge without getting off the couch.
Council has just installed a “Flood Cam” near Foxton Bridge which feeds images every 15 minutes direct to Council’s website so our communities can see if the northern connection is open or closed due to flooding.
General manager operations and Douglas Local Disaster Management Group coordinator Paul Hoye said the Foxton Bridge Flood Cam was jointly funded by SES and council and will be a vital tool for the community during flooding events.
“The Flood Cam provides real-time visual feedback for Council, SES, Emergency Management Queensland officers and the public during flooding events,” Mr Hoye said.
“Stage 1 which is now completed involved the installation of the flood camera which captures images from a number of points and feeds those images directly to our website.
“Stage 2 which we have yet to commence will involve the installation of a water level sensor to provide real time alerts and activation of automated ‘Road Closed’ signage to be installed at the approaches to Foxton Bridge.
To check out the Flood Cam go to http://douglas.qld.gov.au/community/disaster-and-emergencyinformation/douglas-floodcam/.
Also this week council released the dates for next year’s Carnivale festival.
It will be held one week later in 2017 to minimise the potential for rain impacting festivities and avoid the usual clash with the Noosa Food & Wine Festival.
Mayor Julia Leu said Carnivale 2017 will be held from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28. “It makes sense to avoid clashing with the Noosa Food & Wine Festival which is hugely popular with similar audiences we are trying to target.
“That extra week may also improve our prospects of beautiful sunny skies,” Ms Leu said.
Event manager Melissa Head said feedback during Carnivale 2016 proved the new shortened format was a winner.