Comet River isolates Rolleston
ROLLESTON corner store owner Norma Lowth was last night cut off from Springsure and Emerald by floodwaters, but nothing could dampen her spirits.
On Monday night the Comet River reached major flood levels, peaking at 10.3m at the Comet Weir and continuing to rise at Rolleston.
The Nogoa, Fitzroy, Mackenzie and Dawson rivers were also on current flood warnings.
Norma has seen it all before, being born and raised in Rolleston.
When The Morning Bulletin spoke to her last night, she said the current flooding was not as serious as last year.
"There's never been a flood like the last one," she said.
"I think it's made people more anxious this year."
"It's a bit of a pity because that's (Springsure and Emerald) the nearest place for us," she said.
"You get scared you'll run out of things."
Fast rises were recorded along the Mackenzie River in the Yakcam area, with moderate flooding likely, while in Emerald flood levels were expected to remain below minor.
Bureau of Meteorology weather observer Brendon Bradford said flooding in Rockhampton was not yet a concern.
"The Fitzroy is a big catchment and any water from the Nogoa, Mackenzie or Comet rivers should dissipate by the time it reaches there," he said.
Mr Bradford said mostly fine conditions and isolated showers were forecast for Rockhampton for the rest of the week, while the Central Highlands could remain slightly wetter with possible showers and thunderstorms.