Fitzroy River on the rise again
UPDATE 3pm: The Fitzroy River has reached 6.9 metres in Rockhampton and the Rockhampton Regional Council has begun evacuating the Rockhampton Pound for the safety of its animals.
UPDATE 12pm: The Fitzroy River is at 6.7 metres in Rockhampton and is expected to reach levels higher than 7 metres late this week.
10am: THE Fitzroy river is set to reach more than 7 metres in Rockhampton this week after a weekend of heavy rain.
Renewed rises have been recorded between Riverslea and Yaamba, with the river reaching 6.44 metres early this morning in Rockhampton.
The area received more than 150mm overnight, causing flash flooding.
The river is expected to rise to over 7 metres again this week.
A severe weather warning has been issued for heavy rainfall about the east coast from Mackay to the New South Wales border, extending inland to the Central Highlands and coal fields.
At 9:00 am the monsoon trough sat from northwest Queensland to the southern interior with rain areas to its east. A 1019 hPa high over New Zealand extended a ridge onto the Queensland east coast.
Increasing rainfall being observed on radar through the Capricornia, Wide Bay and Burnett and Maranoa and Warrego districts.