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Latrobe City provides grant to enhance flood warning system

Grant of $2000 provided to Bureau of Meteorology.

By Latrobe City Council - 3rd September 2001 - Back to News

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Latrobe City Council has provided a grant of $2000 to the Bureau of Meteorology to provide a backup transmission of rainfall and stream level data used in the Traralgon Flood Warning System.

Councillor Graeme Bond, who presented the cheque on behalf of Latrobe City, said the collection of data had already proven extremely valuable in predicting potential flood levels on the Traralgon Creek, but a weakness in the system had been identified should an extended power failure occur.

"While the base stations are equipped with uninteruptable power supply units that provide a back up power supply for twenty minutes, and generators which provide an alternative supply can be powered up in two hours; there is a gap between the two backup systems where important data is unavailable. In a case where there is heavy rainfall, it could be vital that a consistent flow of information is available to implement emergency procedures where necessary," Cr Bond said.

"Recent power failures during storms in West Gippsland provide a classic example of a potential scenario. Power to many regions was cut for several hours, at a time when there was also significant rainfall occurring. Had this occurred in the Traralgon Creek catchment, for a while we would have been ‘blind’.

"The Bureau of Meteorology is in the process of installing a system that will provide consistent data irrespective of conditions at the base station, ensuring an accurate update of information is always available. Data will now be able to go via radio to the Bureau office in Sale and from there to Melbourne," Cr Bond explained.

"This will ensure Council and emergency services can respond to citizen’s needs in an emergency situation, having full command of the facts at hand and the likely impact of predicted flood levels.

"We will never be able to eliminate flooding on the Traralgon Creek, but the Traralgon Flood Warning system helps minimise the impact upon citizens. Now the flood warning system is being made even more reliable," Cr Bond concluded.


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