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After Hurricane Sandy decimated the New York City subway system last year, officials pledged to install new devices to help halt the rising tides — including flood gates and, more intriguingly, a device called a “tunnel plug”.
The floods in the US state of Colarado are being described as “biblical”, and that word seems to fit for once. Boulder, for example, usually gets around 380mm of precipitation annually. This year, that amount has fallen in the 10 days since September 9 alone. On September 12, they received 229mm in one day.
After Hurricane Sandy blew through New York in October, the lion’s share of media coverage focused on the beachfront where damage was most visible. In lower Manhattan though, the 3m storm surge took a subterranean toll, ruining millions of dollars worth of mechanical systems and forcing many developers to consider how they’d retrofit for the next big one.
As devastating as the recent flooding in Queensland was, it’s amazing to think just how important a role technology played in managing the disaster this year – something that wouldn’t have been possible even five years ago. Telstra have a great example on their Exchange site which shows how NextG was used to share real time information about remote flooding areas during the Queensland disaster.
Well this has to be a new world record – it took almost a week after a natural disaster before the politicians decided it was time to try and score some cheap political points. Tony Abbott yesterday confronted media and called on the government to scrap the NBN in order to pay for the rebuilding in Queensland after the devastating floods last week.
There’s been little relief for our northern neighbours today as flooding continues throughout Queensland. The damage continues to affect major communications infrastructure, with all the major Telcos having to battle the weather to try and keep services running.
Voda customers in Queensland probably know this already, but the recent flooding has taken out a good chunk of the telco’s infrastructure in the (not-so) Sunshine State. UPDATE:Vodafone SEQ services have been restored in a number of areas. Vodafone statement below.