CQ flood alerts upgraded

THE flood warning system for parts of Central Queensland has been improved.

Central Highlands Regional Council staff worked over the Christmas break to ensure two new river monitoring stations for the upper Nogoa and Comet river catchment areas were operational and accessible from the Bureau of Meteorology website.

On Van Dyke Creek and the Comet River at Rolleston, they will provide additional flood warning information for the Rolleston and Emerald communities.

Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said the new Van Dyke monitoring station would give Emerald and surrounding areas more time to prepare for future flood events.

"Our people think that it will improve early flood warning for Emerald by up to a full day for rain falling in the upper Nogoa catchment, as it did in December 2010," Cr Maguire said.

The Rolleston gauge will help alert local residents and assist local authorities with road closures.



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