Bruce Highway. Images from the air - The big wet, Australia Day weekend around Rockhampton 2013. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin
Bruce Highway. Images from the air - The big wet, Australia Day weekend around Rockhampton 2013. Photo Sharyn O'Neill / The Morning Bulletin Sharyn O'Neill ROK260113srains21

Yeppen Crossing expected to remain open during flood peak

3PM: POLICE spoke about the Yeppen Crossing, roundabout, Bruce Highway and Fitzroy River flood at a press conference this morning.

Supt Van Saan told media after this morning's Local Disaster Management Group meeting at Rockhampton city hall that the peak should see 100mm of floodwater over the crossing.

"The peak of 8.5m will not completely cover (the crossing)," he said.

Supt Van Saan said even if the river reached 8.9m, the worst case scenario height of the predicted peak, police and the Department of Transport and Main Roads would still allow heavy vehicles over the crossing.

Here is the video from this morning's conference.

1pm: THE Rockhampton Regional Council has released it's latest road advice.

Click here to view.

The council also sent out an alert stating access to a section of Kent Street has been cut to allow the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service to prepare for recovery efforts. Coming from the Fitzroy Bridge direction, there will be no right turn into Kent St.

Coming from the Canning St direction, there will be no left turn into Kent St.

Please note signage will be installed by council and may be in place until the middle of next week or until further notice.

11.40am: SOME works have been undertaken on the Yeppen Roundabout to ensure access can be maintained however this has caused further delays for motorists heading into and out of Rockhampton through the Yeppen Roundabout.

Queensland Police expect it could take some time to clear so we ask that you avoid the area if possible for the immediate future.

11am: DESPITE the Bureau of Meteorology's prediction that the Fitzroy River is set to peak at 8.5m on Saturday at 3am, Rockhampton Police Superintendent Ron Van Saan said they expect to keep the Yeppen Crossing open throughout the flooding.

Water normally laps the bridge at about 8.2m.

Supt Van Saan told media after this morning's Local Disaster Management Group meeting at Rockhampton city hall that the peak should see 100mm of floodwater over the crossing.

"The peak of 8.5m will not completely cover (the crossing)," he said.

Supt Van Saan said even if the river reached 8.9m, the worst case scenario height of the predicted peak, police and the Department of Transport and Main Roads would still allow heavy vehicles over the crossing.

At 10.30am today the river was at 8.45m and Supt Van Saan said the crossing was open with "one lane in, one lane out".

But he urged people not to cross it unless they absolutely needed to.

10am: THE Morning Bulletin has received reports traffic trying to get out of Rockhampton to the south is backed up 2.4 kilometres .

The Bulletin can confirm it took photographer Chris Ison an hour to get through the traffic and past Yeppen crossing.

7.30am: Rockhampton Regional Council would like to advise that the Capricorn Highway is now closed between Gracemere and Rockhampton.

Residents are advised that the Bruce Highway is still open to the South. There is some water on the roundabout at Yeppeen but traffic is flowing.

Rockhampton Police Inspector Dave Peff says traffic is down to one lane only.

 

Inspector Dave Peff
Inspector Dave Peff Chris Ison

"People need to be patient," he said.

 

"We ask people to only head out of town if absolutely neccessary."

Insp Peff said the Fitzroy River was still expected to peak 8.5 metres and the river was currently at 8.4 metres.

He said it was still unknown how much water would end up over the road on the Bruce Highway at Yeppen crossing.

"I'm still confident I can give people two hours (notice the Bruce Hwy is closing)," Insp Peff said.

The council alert stated residents who are travelling into Rockhampton are advised to take Gavial-Gracemere  Road.

Gladstone Road is closed, and all traffic is being redirected through Upper Dawson Road. As these roads are not highways, residents are reminded to take care and drive to the speed limits and road conditions, particularly during school time.

The Queensland Police Service continues to work closely with Main Roads monitoring the situation, doing checks every hour and if there are any changes to its capacity QPS will provide at least two hours notice, if they should require to close the Bruce Highway at Yeppen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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