Fitzroy River. Images from the air - The big wet, Australia Day weekend around Rockhampton 2013.
Fitzroy River. Images from the air - The big wet, Australia Day weekend around Rockhampton 2013. Sharyn O'Neill

1100 properties to be affected when Fitzroy River peaks

10.30am: ABOUT 1100 properties in the Rockhampton region are expected to be inundated by floodwater to some degree when the Fitzroy River peaks at 8.5m on Saturday morning.

The chair of the Local Disaster Management Group, Deputy Mayor Tony Williams, said some people at the properties would simply be getting their feet wet.

Council told media at a press conference after the LDMG meeting that 650 of those properties would see up to 50cm of floodwater.

But council is unsure how many homes will see floodwater rise above their floorboards.

Cr Williams said the Bureau of Meteorology had this morning revised the time of the flood's expected peak from Friday to Saturday morning.

But the Yeppen Crossing between Rockhampton and Gracemere is still open.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads and police are monitoring the crossing and will allow vehicles to pass as long as it is safe, even if the crossing has a small amount of water covering it.

Water laps the crossing at 8.2m.

Cr Williams said if Main Roads decided to close the crossing, the community would receive two hours notice.

9am: THE Rockhampton Local Disaster Management Group is providing media with an update on the Fitzroy River flood situation, which will be on our website this morning.

Meanwhile, the Bureau of Meteorology has updated it's website, showing the Fitzroy River was at 8.25 metres at 8.20am today.

The Bureau's warning for the rivers in the area are as follows:

River levels across the Isaac, Dawson and Mackenzie Rivers continue to ease. Slow river rises and moderate to major flood levels are being recorded in the Fitzroy River through to Rockhampton.

Isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the catchment area, but no significant rainfalls are expected.

Isaac River:

River levels at Yatton are expected to have eased below the minor flood level during Thursday morning.

Mackenzie River:

Minor flood levels at Coolmaringa continue to ease.

Don River:

Minor flood levels at Rannes continue to slowly ease.

Dawson River:

Small renewed rises are expected between Theodore and Moura during the next few days, however river levels will remain below minor. Moderate to major flood levels continue to ease between Baralaba and Newlands.

Fitzroy River:

Major flood levels at Riverslea recorded a peak to 25.1 metres around 3pm Wednesday. Moderate to major flood levels are rising slowly along the Fitzroy River between The Gap and Laurel Bank, with river levels expected to continue rising into the weekend.

Moderate flood levels are rising downstream at Rockhampton, where at 08:20am Thursday the river was at 8.25 metres. River levels are expected to continue rising to around the major flood level (8.5 metres) during Friday evening.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:

Rockhampton: Peak near 8.5 metres (major flood level) overnight Friday.
Weather Forecast:

For the latest weather forecasts see: www.bom.gov.au/qld/forecasts

The next warning will be issued by 5pm Thursday.

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River Date/Time of Observation

  • Dawson R at Taroom  3.12m falling  08:00 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Dawson R at The Glebe  1.35m falling  06:00 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Dawson R at Theodore  7.08m rising slowly 05:45 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Mimosa Ck at Redcliffe  2.03m falling  08:00 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Dawson R at Baralaba  NA  NA
  • Dawson R at Beckers  10.98m falling  08:00 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Dawson R at Knebworth  NA  NA
  • Mackenzie R at Bingegang Weir HW # 6.6m steady  06:53 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Connors R at Pink Lagoon  3.48m falling  08:00 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Isaac R at Yatton  NA  NA
  • Mackenzie R at Tartrus  9.42m falling  06:30 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Fitzroy R at Riverslea  24.82m steady  08:00 AM THU 31/01/13
  • Fitzroy R at Rockhampton  8.25m rising  08:20 AM THU 31/01/13

Warnings and River Height Bulletins are available at www.bom.gov.au/qld/flood .

Flood Warnings are also available on telephone 1300 659 219 at a low call cost of 27.5 cents, more from mobile, public and satellite phones.



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