The flooded touch football fields and clubhouse on Thursday.
The flooded touch football fields and clubhouse on Thursday. Allan Reinikka

Costly bill for floods

FLOOD damage bills could run into the millions, Rockhampton Regional Council mayor Brad Carter said yesterday.

With low-level flooding across the region and many roads still blocked by water, the mayor said while he had no official reports, he believed the bill would be a costly one.

“I think it could go over $1 million, but that is just my speculation,” he said.

Accurate figures will not be available for weeks, with a skeletal council work force available to handle the floods during the Christmas holidays, but not much more.

“We’ve got enough officers on to manage the floods, but a report on the damage bill could go past Christmas,” Cr Carter said.

“We have to wait for the floods to go down and then the engineers will have to assess it, so it is very difficult to say.

“We’ve had a lot of damage to roads, Stanage Bay Road is still closed.”

Cr Carter disputed claims by a News Limited paper on Sunday that the Rockhampton Regional Council natural disaster damage bill between July and December this year had reached $20 million.

“I don’t know where they got those figures, we received $6 million for April in emergency funding, but that’s all,” he said.

Cr Carter will attend a Local Disaster Management Group meeting today to discuss the damage bill.

While Mother Nature continues to take its toll on many wallets, Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Mike Marrinan has predicted continued rain will not overly affect the slow drop in water levels in the Fitzroy River over the next few weeks.

He said it would maintain the minor flood level of seven metres today then fall for the rest of the week.

Flood Warnings

Bureau of Meteorology yesterday at 11.30am:

CONNORS/ISAAC RIVER SYSTEM: Heavy rainfall has now eased with river level rises continuing downstream of Deverill in the Isaac River and in the Connors River at Pink Lagoon. Moderate flooding has peaked at Deverill with moderate flood levels forecast to reach at least 13 metres at Yatton during this week.

COMET RIVER: Renewed rises and minor flooding are occurring in the Comet River at The Lake. A return to major flood levels is expected between The Lake and Comet Weir during this week.

DAWSON RIVER: Major flood levels continue to rise at Taroom with river levels forecast to peak at just over seven metres today. Minor flood levels continue to ease from Theodore to Moura with the flood peak now downstream of the Moura area. River levels at Theodore are expected to record rises as a result of local rainfall. River levels will fall and rise again this week from Glebe to Baralaba as a third flood peak travels down the Dawson River from the Taroom area. Forecasts will be made once a peak is observed at Taroom. Major flooding is expected to continue in the Baralaba area into Monday. River levels are expected to record a peak of about 11 metres during the next 24 hours. Renewed river level rises causing moderate flooding are occurring at Newlands. River levels between Baralaba and Newlands are expected to fall this week before renewed rises next week.

FITZROY RIVER: Minor to moderate flooding will continue for the next few days between Riverslea and Rockhampton with levels falling very slowly. River levels will remain above the minor flood level of seven metres until later today.

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