Floodwatch is a community based flood monitoring and notification service developed by local web development business 123host.com.au. Need a smart website? Want to have your website hosted by a local business? Of course you do.

We scrape the data displayed on the Bureau of Meteorology website, do a few nifty tricks to keep track of trends etc, overlay a flood line on their image and you get the benefits. Keep in mind that all data is used with the permission of and is copyright © Bureau of Meteorology - thanks BOM.

The way FloodWatch works is to send email and SMS messages to subscribers advising you when various monitored Gold Coast waterways flood. While we are not particularly bothered by the road flooding, it is inconvenient if you don't know about it, especially if you are out and about and can't get home. This system should give 15 or 20 minutes warning (depending on how much rain).

Floodwatch will broadcast an alert when a waterway is rising and passes a nominated point i.e. it looks like it is going to flood. A second broadcast is made when a flooded waterway recedes and the road is clear.

You're probably thinking "This must cost $$, who pays for it all?" Yes it does cost and I cover it. Each SMS costs me to send and each flood is about 150 messages minimum. But it is my contribution to our community and until we have floods every week I don't mind covering it. Some people have shown their gratitude by slinging me a bottle of (red) wine or something from their business. It is sincerely appreciated, but there is no obligation.

Any questions? Any suggestions? Want to know where to deliver the bottle of wine? Contact me.

Steve Davis

Has FloodWatch helped you out? A lot of time has been spent getting it right and it costs for every SMS sent.