Granville's Graham Wode is campaigning for better flood warnings.
Granville's Graham Wode is campaigning for better flood warnings. Robyne Cuerel

Former policeman fights to improve flood warning system

A FORMER Fraser Coast policeman is working on an arduous campaign to better prepare the region for flood.

Granville's Graham Wode routinely uses the council's public participation period to voice concerns about the region's flood warning systems.

He was a policeman for about 13 years - including a stint at Tiaro station - and it was through his job he recorded weather readings for the Bureau of Meteorology, becoming familiar with flood warning devices.

Mr Wode said more could be done to protect the Fraser Coast and suggested the region's warning devices were faulty in some locations last flood.

He said the best system was one that incorporated past (manual) and present (automatic) methods, because in times of destructive weather, automatic recording equipment could be compromised.

Mr Wode said the simple practice of a flood warning system was to compare water rises upstream with the same flow as it reached Maryborough.

He said this allowed disaster management groups to more accurately predict the peak ahead of its arrival and prepare the city as best can be.

Mr Wode said the missing link in disaster management was to include long-time residents of near-river locations who could offer comparative flood comment as waters rise.

Meanwhile, the State Government has said it would review 23 district disaster plans from August 5.



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