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Recent heavy rain has seen Whitsunday residents take advantage of the new Hamilton Plains Flood Camera on Shute Harbour Road, allowing them to view up-to-date footage of the known flooding hotspot on Whitsunday Regional Council’s website.
Whitsunday Disaster Management Coordinator Scott Tellegen said the most recent statistics put the Hamilton Plains Flood Camera page as the most visited page on Council’s website.
“During the recent three day rain event from Friday to Sunday, almost ten thousand people viewed the Hamilton Plains Flood Camera page,” Mr Tellegen said.
“The camera gives our residents the ability to make safe, sensible decisions and consider an alternative if the road is underwater; It’s really pleasing to know that the community have responded positively to this initiative,” he said.
“These figures are also a great indicator that our community are prepared, considering their own safety and have a sound understanding of their environment during a severe weather event.”
Mr Tellegen also said that residents are reminded not to take the risk and drive through flood waters.
“Any flooded road can be deadly and there is no way of telling how strong the water is or the condition of the road underneath,” he said.
The Hamilton Plains Flood Camera displays images at locations where peak flooding tends to occur, both north to Airlie Beach and south to Proserpine. The images are updated approximately every 15 minutes during daylight hours and the date and time is displayed at the bottom of each image.