Living on Queensland’s Gold Coast, Jared Crowley has firsthand experience of flooding and the effects it has on livestock. In 2017, as floodwater entered his home in the middle of the night his family needed to move all their livestock from the paddocks that flooded while trying to save as many of the family’s belongings as possible. This inspired his Flood Warning Device project which uses Arduino technology to notify property owners via text message when floodwaters are encroaching on their property. It also can be used to measure water tank levels and livestock water troughs, alerting people when the water levels are low.
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