Australian city of Parramatta, near Syndey, has launched the FloodSmart website to inform its citizens on flood risk information for the Upper Parramatta River. The website is to reduce the impact of flooding in the city and to create better resilience and protection for residents and businesses. FloodSmart incorporates the Flash Flood Forecaster tool which uses real-time and forecast weather data to predict flooding and provide early warnings to government, residents and businesses. The Flash Flood Forecaster has been developed by consultancy firm Royal HaskoningDHV and IT water management specialist Nelen & Schuurmans, both based in the Netherlands.

dws-rhdhv-flash-flood-dashboard-parramatta-full  Dashboard developed for Parramatti showing the citizens and businesses the real time situation for a flood risk .

More resilient community
Lord Mayor of the City of Parramatta, Councillor Andrew Wilson, said: ‘FloodSmart is an innovative tool which will help empower our community to become more resilient, and forms part of our commitment to using smart solutions to help solve the challenges that river cities such as Parramatta face.’

Ben Patterson, Director Advisory Group: Rivers, Deltas & Coasts Australia at Royal HaskoningDHV said: ‘Our Flash Flood Forecast tool is proven to be highly accurate in predicting flooding via numerous applications worldwide.’

Patterson continued: ‘By warning local people in advance, they can take steps to protect their families and their property. They simply sign up for alerts via the city council’s website.’

Real-time prediction
The Flash Flood Forecast is now live. It is a fully cloud-based system using real-time and forecast weather data a fully cloud-based system.

When Flash foresees a flood hazard it sends out warning messages bot via email and SMS messages to a recipient group. The receiver gets vital information about the forecast and is urged to evaluate the situation via the Flash dashboard.

The dashboard is online and mobile responsive.

Dedicated server park in Amsterdam
Fun fact: the Australian warning system is being ran on the other side of the world in a dedicated server park in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

For the next five years the Parramatta council and all other stakeholders, such as the State Emergency Service New South Wales, are being ensured of accurate and timely flood information and warnings.

This news item was originally published on the website of Royal HaskoningDHV.

(Top photo: Royal HaskoningDHV)

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Country: Australia
Expertise: Resilient cities

More information
Royal HaskoningDHV
Amersfoort, the Netherlands
+ 31 88 348 20 26

Nelen &n Schuurmans
Uttrecht, the Netherlands
+31 30 233 02 00

Video presentation on Flash Flood Forecaster.