Warning of river level above 7m
THE Bureau of Meteorology yesterday upgraded the flood warning for the Fitzroy River with rises at Rockhampton to exceed the minor flood level of seven metres.
Rockhampton Regional Council mayor Brad Carter said council’s Local Disaster Management Group would meet again this morning to discuss the concern of the new predicted river rise.
“There is a slight concern with the possibility that levels could be higher based on the other river system flows, the saturated ground and the impact of predicted storm activity this week,” Cr Carter said.
Cr Carter urged the community to remain calm and be well prepared for potential rises late in the weekend or early into next week.
He said Fitzroy Water staff had been liaising with Sunwater and would revisit calculations of river rises at this morning’s meeting.
The bureau’s flood warning for the Fitzroy River basin yesterday showed river rises would continue at Rockhampton during the week and exceed the minor flood level of 7m during the weekend with further rises possible and a peak expected early next week.
Predictions will be updated as upstream flood peaks occur but could change with further rains during this week.
Yesterday council officers started door-knocking low-lying areas in Depot Hill, Port Curtis, and near Callaghan Park in the afternoon to deliver a letter of advice to ensure affected residents were aware of the potential risk.
Maps showing the impact to the community based on the river peak of 7m are being circulated at shopping centres in Rockhampton and are also available from council’s customer service centres or can be downloaded from the council website.