STAGNANT STENCH: RMK Fashion’s Gemma Roberts could smell the Fitzroy River from her Frenchville home.
STAGNANT STENCH: RMK Fashion’s Gemma Roberts could smell the Fitzroy River from her Frenchville home. Emma Mcbryde Rokflood-E

Fitzroy's raising a stink

IT'S overflowed on to banks, its flooded homes, but this time the Fitzroy River is really getting up Rockhampton resident's noses.

And the Rockhampton Regional Council says they are powerless to stop it.

The foul stench caused by rotting vegetation can be smelled in properties around the river, such as homeowner Gemma Roberts' house near Lakes Creek Road.

“I smelled it first yesterday and I could smell it in my car on my way to work through the air-conditioning,” she said.

“It's just horrible — it smells stagnant, just like sewage.”

But mayor Brad Carter was quick to reassure locals kicking up a stink about the pungent problem.

“The odour many of you are noticing is a natural by-product of the flood with a lot of decaying vegetation about, and is not sewerage,” he said.

Fortunately it didn't follow Gemma all the way to her workplace at RMK Fashions in the East Street Mall.

But Cr Carter advised the river's reek will not be floating away anytime soon, and may even follow us through Christmas.

He warned residents to continue to stay out of the receding flood waters and to check their health risks.

“As the water levels go down you will need to assess your own properties and start emptying water containers to reduce the breeding grounds for mosquitoes and black fly,” he said.



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