Rainfall gauge to deliver
A NEW gauge was installed recently on the Mary River upstream of Gympie providing rainfall and water level information for locals along the upper Mary River during wet weather events.
Rainfall is measured in the field at Conondale and the information is transmitted to the Sunshine Coast Regional Council in its Local Disaster Co-ordination Centre and on to the Bureau of Meteorology.
The water level recorded at the gauge can advise if the bridge at Conondale is flooded.
The gauge provides additional information about the upper Mary River catchment that complements the data collected from gauges at Bell Bird Creek, Kenilworth and Moy Pocket.
Together the gauges provide hydrologists with a comprehensive picture of how a flood peak travels along the upper Mary River.
During a flood event, the information is used by local councils and agencies making decisions about where resources are needed and which communities need assistance.
The SCRC and the BOM maintain 71 rain and stream gauges.
"We've got resilient communities along the upper Mary and council's recent investment in the gauge network and flood mapping of the upper Mary demonstrates council's commitment to these communities," an SCRC spokesman said.
"I hope the information is helpful to the upper Mary communities when making decisions during flood events."
In addition to the Conondale gauge, new gauges will also be installed at Kin Kin, Pomona and Nambour.