FloodMon Monitoring System To Be Introduced

FloodMon Monitoring System To Be Introduced

South Australia Minister for Emergency Services Chris Picton

New Flood Management And Warning System For South Australia

Victor P Taffa

New flood monitoring systems (FloodMon) which can help predict flash-flooding is set to revolutionise the way authorities manage the risk of flood impacts across the State.

“Flood is a costly and dangerous natural hazard and the FloodMon project will be enormously beneficial for authorities who monitor and respond to incidents across the State.” Minister for Emergency Services Chris Picton said.

 

FloodMon combines near real-time data, such as rain and water level gauge readings, with forecast information like rain radars to help emergency managers assess conditions, predict flash flooding and issue warnings.

“FloodMon is a decision support tool which takes all available data from rain gauges, water level gauges, rain radar and forecast rainfall products and displays it with historical context in a user-friendly web application.” Minister for Environment Ian Hunter said.

Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton says the system will be a great benefit to our emergency services responding to flood incidents and will improve safety for anyone in a flood prone area during a massive rain event.

“FloodMon will enable first responders to better allocate resources, provide more timely warnings to the community and have a whole-of-state common operating picture for storm and flood events.” Minister Picton said.

“FloodMon will markedly enhance the flood response capability of the South Australian State Emergency Service and other first responders and will complement other SES operational systems.” SES Chief Officer Chris Beattie said.

Background

FloodMon is a collaborative project between the South Australian State Emergency Service (SASES), the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), and the Commonwealth-State Disaster Resilience Program.

FloodMon is a cloud based system which will be available to flood emergency managers in state and local government.

It uses data from federal, state and local governments, as well as private industry and is able to issue automated alerts to emergency managers on data such as rainfall intensity and the rate of rise of watercourses.

During flood emergencies, specialist DEWNR hydrology staff working in the SASES State Control Centre will use FloodMon to interpret near-real time and historical flood information to identify emerging flood threats and provide advice to the SASES for community information and warnings.