First peek at river camera

RIVER WATCH: The Katherine River live cam was installed last year but is still suffering technical problems.
RIVER WATCH: The Katherine River live cam was installed last year but is still suffering technical problems.

Katherine has been able to take a peek today at its overdue river-cam flood watch system.

The Katherine Town Council’s website is being updated today.

Users can scroll to the bottom of the page to see river level updates.

The NT Government said yesterday despite the camera being installed last year, there were still technical problems to be overcome.

The newly installed webcam was switched on a year ago after being installed and paid for from money set aside for Katherine’s flood restoration.

“The river camera has been operational for some time,” a Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics spokesman said.

“The Department is working closely with web designers to ensure that the public have access to the river camera images via Katherine Town Council’s new web page in the very near future.

..  there is an issue with the live feed on the website,” the spokesman said.

The new river cam is all part of the new lighting and last year’s installed numbers on the railway bridge.

It was supposed to be operational last wet season.

WET SEASON WAIT: A screen grab from Katherine's early flood warning river cam which still has technical problems to overcome before the public can access the vision. Picture: DIPL.

WET SEASON WAIT: A screen grab from Katherine's early flood warning river cam which still has technical problems to overcome before the public can access the vision. Picture: DIPL.

The camera will provide live vision of the river, and be specifically aimed at the newly painted depth markers on the railway bridge.

Katherine residents use the markers on the river pylon to alert them to potential flooding of the region such as in 2006 and 1998.

The new webcam will replace an earlier river camera which is no longer operational.

The spokeswoman said there was a range of projects which the department was delivering, aimed at increased public awareness through communication and emergency management.

The camera will be managed by DIPL although it will be accessed via the Katherine Town Council website and Secure NT.

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