Demountable flood barriers in Emerald could be the answer
IF LEVEES are the way of the future for Emerald, why not make them portable instead of rigid structures?
That's the question from a local estate agency head.
Demountable flood barriers are used all over Europe to combat seasonal flooding, and have made their way to flood-ravaged Queensland towns like Charleville, Clinton Adams of CD Adams said.
"I really don't want to see 3m concrete walls and earth - I just don't think that's fair," Mr Adams said.
"The aesthetic value is pretty important, and building permanent structures are going to create internal stormwater problems and you could be building yourself into a dam.
"I saw these (flood defence barriers) in place in Cologne and thought this would work in Emerald."
Mr Adams said he questioned the structural integral and ongoing maintenance needed for permanent levees, as well as the drain on ratepayers.
Portable flood barriers were ideal for Emerald because the town generally had three days to prepare for a flood from the Nogoa River catchment, he added.
"For me it's a no-brainer," Mr Adams said.
"I know (Mayor) Peter Maguire, the flood group and the community have worked hard to get an outcome and the process has been very open.
"I think this system could give reassurance to the community."
Mr Adams said other benefits would include better house values and lower insurance premiums.