Solar signs give auto flood alert

Albert & Logan News, July 31 2017

An innovative solar-powered alert system, which swings into action when a road floods, has won Logan City Council high acclaim.

Council worked with researchers at Griffith University to develop the low-cost, solar-powered flashing signs (pictured) which trigger automatically. The signs automatically update flood information on council’s website, and will provide real-time data to other web pages in the future.

The invention won council a National Award for Local Government this year.

Council identified flood-prone roads across the city where there was a risk of vehicles being driven inadvertently into dangerous floodwaters, particularly on dark, wet nights.

Council has also worked with a local not-for-profit social enterprise, Substation 33, to develop and install the signs.

Cyclone Debbie gave the trial sites a thorough testing in April when more than 100 roads across Logan were flooded.

Council’s manager Road Construction & Maintenance and Cr Laurie Smith said unlike previous floods, no vehicles drove into flood waters at the sites where the signs were installed

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