Half a metre to go

THE Fitzroy River is still expected to peak at a level of 7.3 metres at the Derby Street flood marker in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Brad Carter said the Bureau of Meterology had provided an update to the Local Disaster Management Group advising that the river was still rising, with only half a metre to go until the peak was reached.

"The information provided showed the peak level of 7.3m would remain for the majority of Saturday with a slow decrease in the levels on Sunday," Cr Carter said.

"Residents can expect to see the River continue to decrease on Monday and Tuesday, with the River levels expected at the 5m mark on Wednesday."

Cr Carter said it was important that residents be prepared for the possible inundation of water that was expected in the early hours of Saturday morning.

"We urge residents to take the necessary precautions today to prepare their property," Cr Carter said.

"The Local Disaster Contact Centre will be in operation over this coming weekend.

"With the flood of 7.3 metres, the Local Disaster Contact Centre will now be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Residents can contact the centre on 1300 625 659."

Topics:  fitzroy river floods rockhampton regional council

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