Approach and Outcomes
A network of water level gauges upstream of the township was already under development. However, in conjunction with Council officers, Blake Boulton recognised the need for both additional warning time and a fail-safe for the electronic system. Blake worked with Don Carroll and Worley Parsons (the authors of waterRIDE) to develop a flood forecasting system component capable of receiving and modelling forecast gridded rainfall (PME & ADFD) and real-time gauge data and executing URBS simulations within the waterRIDE interface. Blake also assisted with the establishment of a network of Flood Wardens (volunteers) living upstream of the township who verify electronic observations during an event. Flood maps and flood intelligence cards were also prepared to complete the fail-safe/non-electronic component.
See: High-tech early warning flood system for Oakey
Paper presented at 2015 FMA Conference