Crusader suggests two new flood gauges in creeks
A FLOOD crusader has called for more gauges to track rising floodwaters in Maryborough, but at $40,000 each, no new locations are on the council's radar.
Graham Wode has praised the council for their work in getting an automated flood gauge at Tiaro .
But he says more needs to be done to make the Fraser Coast's flood plan "fool proof".
Mr Wode attends almost all the council's ordinary meetings, held every three weeks, to make submissions on improving the region's flood plans.
He has suggested installing two new gauges at Wide Bay Creek and Munna Creek to track rain coming from the outlying areas of the Fraser Coast.
"You get all that water coming from the Woocoo-Biggenden area," he said.
During last month's minor flood in Maryborough, Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said about 200mm of rain from that area had not joined the Mary River system.
Mr Wode said a gauge at the Wide Bay and Munna Creeks would help the council predict heights.
But Cr O'Connell said that water had been accounted for in flood modelling.
"It was measured-using (flood height) data," he said.
But with an automatic gauge costing $40,000 each, Cr O'Connell said there were no other locations on the council's radar.
Mr Wode is also calling for a public debriefing of the flood situation that hit Maryborough..
He said the council should analyse their response to last month's flood and outline what went right and what could be improved.
Cr O'Connell confirmed the Local Disaster Management Group would meet early next week to discuss the event.
He also said submissions from the public and Community Co-ordination Committee groups would be welcomed.
The Pocket CCC will meet at 5pm on Tuesday in City Hall to discuss how the group performed as Tropical Cyclone Marcia moved through the Wide Bay.
The council received praise from Mr Wode for installing an automated gauge at Tiaro.
"The Tiaro gauge worked, and that was the key gauge predicting the water to hit Maryborough," he said.