During the wet season in Northern Australia, the distance, which usually comes with its own unique set of challenges, can become even more of a hurdle when flooded roads and creek crossings come into play. As demonstrated in some of these images, it can take less than 24 hours for a crossing to become completely consumed by fast flowing or stationary water – and in both cases, it is impossible to predict what condition the road underneath is in. There is always the unknown element of damage to the road, the road being completely washed away or probably even more dangerous, unseen instability underneath the road base.
A number of shire councils have already installed the uSEE Flood Cameras and have seen huge benefits. The cameras enable them to keep an eye on flood levels on notorious stretches of road, meaning that they can close these roads to residents when the conditions become unsafe. It also allows them to view when the flood levels are receding so they can send out repair crews if necessary. The councils can also publish the latest images on their websites to allow local residents to plan their road trips (see example here https://www.carpentaria.qld.gov.au/discover/roads-and-weather) . The uSEE Flood Cameras are powered by a solar panel and battery and are able to be accessed via satellite or NextG Networks, which means that no matter how remote the location might be, we can get regular information on where the flood levels are sitting.
These cameras are also available to property owners who need to watch roads and crossings within their properties and accessible via the uSEE App on computer or smart phone. Contact our sales team on 1300 123 348 for more information and remember – If it’s flooded, FORGET IT!