Flood alert issued

Traffic on Deans St had to deal with water over the road after heavy rain, most of which fell between 9am and 3pm.
Traffic on Deans St had to deal with water over the road after heavy rain, most of which fell between 9am and 3pm. Allan Reinikka

ROCKHAMPTON has been warned to brace for another flood, with the Fitzroy River expected to burst its banks as early as Sunday.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the river will rise to 7.5 metres at the Derby St flood marker by the middle of next week.

At that level it will close roads and inundate low-lying parts of the city, including Callaghan Park, Depot Hill, Port Curtis and Lakes Creek.

Koongal and areas close to the river in Park Avenue, Wandal and Kawana will also suffer road closures.

Animals at the city's pound are being moved to higher ground and a Queensland Fire and Rescue Service swift water rescue team has been placed on high alert.

Council crews are on call to assist with sandbagging and boat owners have been advised to remove their vessels from the town reach and Gavial Creek areas as flows from the Isaac and Connors rivers reach the Fitzroy.

The Local Disaster Management Group, which met yesterday and immediately issued a warning, is due to receive more detailed information from the Bureau tomorrow, with fears that continuing heavy rain in the catchment will make matters worse.

Mayor Brad Carter, the group's chairman, said while there was no need to panic, maps showing the impact of a 7.5-metre flood were being distributed to libraries and shopping centres.

But although there is no threat at this stage to the city's major transport routes, torrential cyclonic rains are likely to cause flash flooding on many roads in the region before the river reaches its peak.

Cr Carter said early predictions were that the flood peak would remain for a few days and stressed that a 7.5-metre flood would not present a significant threat to property.

"Please keep yourself (abreast) of the current predictions, and make sure you do what needs to be done to keep your family and friends safe. Have an emergency plan in place and ensure your emergency kit is ready," he said.

"We encourage residents with any serious issues to contact us for assistance."

The riverside car parks in Quay St are expected to be closed on Sunday.

Topics:  bureau of meteorology fitzroy river flooding

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