SAN ANTONIO - Standing outside on the southwest side Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff helped unveil the first High Water Alert Lifesaving Technology also known as HALT. The county invested $3 Million to expand its high water detection warning system.
The HALT (High water Alert Lifesaving Technology) system uses a combination of flashing lights and gates to warn drivers when water has flooded the roadway. On Wednesday, the first of 52 warning systems was installed on Shepherd Road near Live Oak Creek.
Demonstrators explained each warning system has a sensor to detect rising water and once water reaches a dangerous level the flashing lights turn on and an arm will drop.
County officials held a news conference Wednesday afternoon on Shepherd Road at Live Oak Creek Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate the system. The site is one of 52 HALT locations across Bexar County. The locations are outside Loop 410 and we're told twenty are in the south part of the city. All the warning systems should be in place in the next four months.
The entire system will be monitored so that drivers can log on to see which roads are safe to travel.
The three million dollars to pay for all of this comes from a $500 million dollar flood control budget.
Bexar County has also set it up so you can see the 52 locations online. The warning system sends real time information of each low water crossing. You can monitor it here...