Tyrin Careless and Hunter Brown from the Mt Archer Scouts (front) and Dane Careless from Brothers Junior Rugby League filling sand bags at Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Tyrin Careless and Hunter Brown from the Mt Archer Scouts (front) and Dane Careless from Brothers Junior Rugby League filling sand bags at Rockhampton Showgrounds. Allan Reinikka Rokasandbag

Fitzroy peak will be less

THE expected peak of the Fitzroy River has been downgraded from the initial prediction of 8 metres to 7.7, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) received the update yesterday morning.

Mayor Brad Carter said the peak could be expected late Thursday or early Friday and would have a similar impact to the flood of 2008.

"At these levels there should be no water above floorboards and less than 1000 properties will be inundated," he said.

The Rockhampton Airport, Bruce Hwy and Capricorn Hwy will also remain open at this level.

Cr Carter said the Local Disaster Coordination Centre (LDCC) would be activated from 8am to 6pm today, operating within these hours for the duration of the flood.

Cr Carter urged any residents with concerns about the flood to contact the centre via 1300 652 659.

After a successful community sandbagging event held on Saturday, Cr Carter said about 5000 sandbags were now available for affected residents.

The rising river levels have also forced the closure of the Riverside car parks.

"We are expecting the river to come up very quickly so we don't want to risk having any cars down there," Cr Carter said.

"We believe it's likely to get wet tomorrow (today)."

Cr Carter encouraged residents who work in the CBD and usually utilise this parking, to consider options like car pooling.

Mark Woods, from Stewarts and Woods, asked people to be considerate of not just the businesses, but also services such as medical centres and pharmacies within the CBD.

"There are 50 spaces at the Arcade car park which can be used and they're not expensive," Mr Woods said.

 

PREDICTED PEAKS

Fitzroy River at Derby St: 7.7m, Thursday night

Riverslea: 22m, Tuesday night



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