Fitzroy River to reach 8.5 metre peak on Friday instead
Local Disaster Management Group chair Deputy Mayor Tony Williams says the latest update from the Bureau of Meteorology is that we could see a peak of about 8.5m during Friday.
"The expectation is that Riverslea will peak at about 25m today about lunch time today," he said.
"Advice is that the peak of 8.5m might remain for a fairly short period before beginning to fall.
"We are urging people to ensure they are prepared. As we have said earlier, please check our 9m flood maps just to be sure and take precautions accordingly.
"With the amount of water already in our waterways the peak is coming through faster than we have seen in the past so it is important that residents take all precautions now to prepare themselves for the peak.
"It is expected that the river will reach 8.2 metres later today, which may cut access via the Capricorn Highway tonight. The Yeppen crossing may also have some water across it in some areas, however authorities will continue to provide access for as long as possible with traffic control. Main Roads is monitoring the situation closely and updates will be provided as they become available.
"We are urging residents not to panic in regards to food supplies. While access between Rockhampton and Gracemere might be cut at some point, we will not be isolated and supermarkets are working on restocking their chains via other routes. We are reminding residents that the peak is not expected to last for a long period and with access between Rockhampton and Gracemere to be reconnected within days of it being cut.
"Access will remain open to Gladstone, so if the highway is cut residents will be able to source supplies from Gladstone.
"With an expected peak of 8.5m on Friday there will be some impact on the Airport in the coming days. Updates will be provided as they come to hand however passengers should contact their airlines to check on individual flights as the airlines will make their own decisions regarding their flights."