Redland City Council installs automatic flooded road signs at Sheldon and Birkdale

Caption: Crs Tracey Huges, Wendy Boglary, Karen Williams and Julie Talty inspect the newly installed illuminated automated flooded road signs at Avalon Road, Sheldon.
Caption: Crs Tracey Huges, Wendy Boglary, Karen Williams and Julie Talty inspect the newly installed illuminated automated flooded road signs at Avalon Road, Sheldon.

AUTOMATED solar-powered signs installed at Sheldon and Birkdale will warn motorists of flooded roads.

Council has installed the signs on Avalon Road, and the corner of Pitt and Nelson roads were flash flooding occurs during heavy rain.

Redland mayor Karen Williams said the signs would provide an early warning system to motorists who came across flooded roads before council put up temporary warning signs.

"Certain areas of Redlands Coast can be prone to rapid onset flooding, often resulting in treacherous conditions forming before hazard signage can be placed," Cr Williams said.

“It makes sense to have an automated solution where roads are known to go under.

INSPECTION: Ashley Hannigan and Scott Pedley from Prospect Environmental, Cr Wendy Boglary, council technical officer Stephen Turfrey, mayor Karen Williams, council disaster management service manager Mike Tait, Cr Julie Talty, Cr Tracey Huges and council disaster management adviser Katie Hunter.

INSPECTION: Ashley Hannigan and Scott Pedley from Prospect Environmental, Cr Wendy Boglary, council technical officer Stephen Turfrey, mayor Karen Williams, council disaster management service manager Mike Tait, Cr Julie Talty, Cr Tracey Huges and council disaster management adviser Katie Hunter.

“The system includes a dual-float signalling device placed at the creek crossing and one sign at each side of the crossing with a third sign if the crossing is a T-intersection."

Cr Williams said when the signs were activated, council's Disaster Dashboard website would be updated.

"SMS and email messages will also be sent to notify on-call council staff," she said.

Cr Julie Talty said the signage on Avalon Road, Sheldon was fitted with a camera to broadcast the real-time status of the creek crossing to council.

Cr Tracey Huges said the signs at the intersection of Pitt and Nelson roads, Birkdale would reduce the risk of vehicles being inadvertently driven into flooded waters.

"This new technology will be a great help during severe weather, when resources are already stretched," Cr Huges said.

Cr Boglary said a third dual float signalling device had been installed but without signage on Allan Day Drive, Wellington Point.

"It will also notify council staff and the Disaster Dashboard when water is over the road and local residents will be able to opt-in to a text messaging service," she said.

Council received $58,500 from the Queensland Reconstruction Authority towards the installation of signs under the Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

For information on how to prepare, respond and recover from natural disaster, visit council’s Disaster Dashboard at disaster.redland.qld.gov.au.