Barrage opens to let flood pass
THE Fitzroy River barrage’s 18 gates were open yesterday with about 130,000 megalitres of water a day flowing through at 2pm.
Rockhampton Regional council yesterday confirmed that all the gates were open just before 1pm.
Three gates were fully open with the others at 2.1 metres.
Council said most of the flow was local runoff.
At 3.30pm, the flow had eased to about 114,000 megalitres a day and the water level at the barrage was 3.71 metres.
The council said it’s expected that 327,000 megalitres a day would flow down the river from rainfall inland from Mackay and if all of that water reached the barrage, the predicted reading on the gauge would be about 5.7 metres.
“It will take one week for that water to reach us and it is dependent on what further rain we receive and how much will divert to other creeks,” a council spokesperson said.
Last year Rockhampton used 20,000 megalitres of water.
Its annual allocation is 50,000 megalitres.