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Whitsunday Regional Council will now be able to provide timely flood information to residents, following the installation of a new camera system on Shute Harbour Road, Hamilton Plains.
Mayor Jenny Whitney said the installation of the new flood camera would allow members of the community to view up-to-date footage of the road on Council’s website.
“Hamilton Plains regularly floods during the wet season and heavy rain events, and this particular section of the road has the ability to change very quickly and prevent residents from accessing their homes, workplaces, schools and the Whitsunday Coast Airport,” Mayor Whitney said.
“The new flood camera displays images at locations where peak flooding tends to occur, both north to Airlie Beach and south to Proserpine,” she said.
“The images are updated approximately every 15 minutes during daylight hours and the date and time is displayed at the bottom of each image.”
Mayor Whitney reiterated that any flooded road can be deadly and urged people to be sensible when travelling in severe weather.
“Flood waters are dangerous for all vehicles, no matter what size,” she said.
“Once you enter flood waters, you give up control of your vehicle and there is no way of telling how strong the current is or the condition of the road.
“When considering your journey it’s important to have a Plan B and equip yourself with multiple alternatives to stay safe; our flood cameras can now assist with that.”
Residents and visitors can access the Hamilton Plains Flood Camera by visiting Council’s website.
To find out more information visit the Queensland Government's flood safety website at http://floodwatersafety.initiatives.qld.gov.au/.
The Hamilton Plains Flood Camera Project is an initiative fully funded by the Whitsunday Regional Council in cooperation with the Department of Transport and Main Roads.