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Flash Flood
Forecasting System

Using the INDICIUM Stack for advanced monitoring and prediction of flash flood events

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BACKGROUND

A centralised monitoring and alert system for flash floods in Australia does not currently exist. It falls upon individual councils to find and implement a system that meets their monitoring and alert notification needs.

 

St Marys is located in a catchment where high-intensity rainfall events can cause flash flooding within a very short timeframe, putting people's homes and lives at risk.

 

Wishing to mitigate this risk, the Break O'Day council went looking for a flash flood alert system that would provide automatic monitoring of water levels during periods of high rainfall, and provide timely alerts to relevant stakeholders to help them prepare and evacuate safely in a flash flood event.

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DATA REQUIREMENTS

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Real-time information about rainfall levels

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Clear visualisation of rain levels in relation to risk level predictions, accounting for longer periods of rainfall within predictions

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Automatic alerting of key stakeholders using the three ascending flood advice levels used by the Australian Warning System

SOLUTION

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Indicium Dynamics built a flash flood alert system that uses rainfall data from the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) and the Australian Rainfall-Runoff (ARR) Intensity Frequency Duration (IFD) flood curves to analyse the last 7 days of rainfall in real-time to calculate flood probability. This data allows the INDICIUM DataBus to calculate flood risk levels using rain events occurring in the past 7 days. The benefit of incorporating historical rain data into flood alert calculations is that it accounts for water accumulation in the soil, which can play a role in how well water is absorbed during a rain event.

 

The system is hosted in INDICIUM Cloud where council staff can view rain levels on dashboards, and manage SMS and email distribution lists to keep the public informed of potential flash flood events.

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SOLUTION BENEFITS

Real-time data is collected about rain levels, helping decision-makers to make effective decisions as to the risk level occurring.

 

Data is stored so historical weather patterns and rain events can be collated according to desired time-frames.

USERS CAN ACCESS REAL-TIME AND HISTORICAL DATA

Alert levels can be pre-set, allowing for the system to automatically send alerts to key stakeholders, allowing emergency services to focus on ensuring resident safety.

Alerts can be sent via SMS or email using pre-determined messages that reflect alert status (e.g. watch & act, evacuate, threat over)

USERS CAN SET ALERTS TO IMPROVE SAFETY

The INDICIUM DataBus integrates and displays data from any source, including the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), and any telemetry device.

SEAMLESS INTEGRATION A RANGE OF DATA SOURCES

Warning levels reflect the Australian Warning System for flood emergencies, using icons recognised nationally to guide action and represent risk.

ALERTS ALIGN WITH EXISTING SYSTEMS

INDICIUM Dashboards are built to allow for self-service analytics, allowing users easy access to the data, without the need for coding or IT experience.

USER FRIENDLY DASHBOARDS

The solution has been developed to easily scale for implementation across other towns and regions.

EASILY SCALABLE

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