What you need to know:

  • BOM say the Fitzroy River peaked at 8.9m, with levels now dropping
  • It will be a "very, very slow" process
  • Currently the Fitzroy is 7.85m & expected to fall below 7.5m overnight
  • The iconic 'Welcome to Rocky' roundabout is under water
  • The Capricorn Hwy and Gladstone Rd have been reopened
  • The Rockhampton Airport is closed, but expected to open this week

UPDATE 5.30PM:  The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is expected to fall below the moderate flood level overnight, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

The latest BoM update, issued at 4.52pm, says the Fitzroy River has dropped to 7.85m.

"Moderate flooding continues to ease along the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River between Yaamba and Rockhampton," the update says.

"The Fitzroy River at Yaamba is currently at 12.95 metres and falling with moderate flooding. The river level at Yaamba is expected to fall below the moderate flood level (12.00 m) overnight Sunday into Monday.

"The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is currently at 7.85 metres with moderate flooding. The river level at Rockhampton is expected to fall below the moderate flood level (7.5m) overnight into Monday."

Meanwhile, Rockhampton Regional Council has advised the Lower Dawson Rd and Gladstone Rd have reopened.

The Capricorn Hwy to Gracemere has also reopened.

 

UPDATE 9AM:  The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is expected to fall below the moderate flood level during tomorrow.  

The latest updates from the Bureau of Meteorology, issued at 9am, says the Fitzroy moderate flooding is easing along the lower reaches of the Fitzroy River between Yaamba and Rockhampton.  

The Fitzroy River at Yaamba is currently at 14.80 metres and falling with moderate flooding the river level at Yaamba is expected to fall below the moderate flood level (12.00 m) during Monday.  

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is currently at 8.10 metres with moderate flooding.

The river level at Rockhampton is expected to fall below the moderate flood level (7.50 m) during Monday.  

Flood Safety Advice: Remember: If it's flooded, forget it. For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.  

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts

A man and his dog walk through floodwaters in Rockhampton, Friday, April 7, 2017. Floodwaters resulting from ex-cyclone Debbie have inundated parts of Rockhampton with the Fitzroy River peaking at 8.9m on Friday.
A man and his dog walk through floodwaters in Rockhampton, Friday, April 7, 2017. Floodwaters resulting from ex-cyclone Debbie have inundated parts of Rockhampton with the Fitzroy River peaking at 8.9m on Friday. AAP Image/Dan Peled

UPDATE 10AM: AFTER days of speculation the Bureau of Meteorology has declared  the Fitzroy River's peak.

Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) chairman councillor Tony Williams called the peak on Thursday afternoon at 8.75m, but BoM refused to call a peak level until this morning as it was still believed waters could reach 9m.

"If you take the literal top reading, it got to 8.9, but it's more like 8.85," BoM Brisbane's Senior Hydrologist Paul Birch said.

 

"It's a little bit hard to tell what it was, but it was around that figure."

Initially the flood was expected to peak at 9.4m on Wednesday, but this was revised down to 9m on Thursday.

"At 6.30am this morning it's just dropped that little bit to 8.6m - just above the major flood level," Mr Birch said.

"Over the last few few days we've been talking that the peak will be big, broad and flat, but will bounce around a bit and we've seen that."

The latest advice is the river is receding, but Mr Birch said the flood waters are expected to stay at a moderate level over the weekend with clean-up efforts to begin.

"It's definitely receding now very, very, very, slowly," Mr Birch said.

"We're expecting the river to drop below major flood during today, but it may be during the afternoon.

"It will keep going very slowly, at th

is stage we're looking like early next week getting below the minor flood level - then dropping off during the week back to normal level."

LATEST 2.30PM: THE worst may be over, but major flooding will stick around in Rockhampton over the weekend. 

As at 2.30pm the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton was holding steady at 8.8m and while the Bureau of Meteorology say waters should start to fall tonight, it won't be by much. 

"The river level is likely to remain relatively steady around its current level during Friday but is expected to begin falling slowly overnight," BOM say. 

"At this stage, the river level is likely to re

main above the major flood level (8.50 m) for much of Saturday." 

UPDATE 10.20AM: THE Bureau of Meteorology won't be calling the Fitzroy River peak yet, but expect levels to start dropping this afternoon.

However, senior hydrologist Andy Barnes said residents shouldn't expect to see any noticeable difference until tomorrow morning.

While some authorities yesterday called the peak at 8.75m, BoM recorded heights of 8.9m at 2am and 8.8m at 6.30am.

Mr Barnes said the peak height would not be made official until fluctuations had eased and the river had started to steadily decrease.

The height is expected to hover around the 8.8m mark until this afternoon, when it is expected to start dropping.

But much like the agonis

ing wait for the peak, Mr Barnes said levels would fall slowly with BoM not expecting he Fitzroy to return to near normal until some time next week.

Mr Barnes said all gauges upstream of Rockhampton were now falling, indicative of the city having seen the flood's peak. 

UPDATE 10AM: QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has just arrived in Rockhampton. 

Ms Palaszczuk just posted a picture on Twitter

as she crossed the new Yeppen Bridge. 

The Premier will tour the flooded region before addressing the media at midday regarding the flood situation. 

UPDATE 9.30AM: FEDERAL OPPOSITION leader Bill Shorten is meeting with the Local Disaster Management Group this morning regarding the Rockhampton flooding situation. 

The Labor leader is about to address the media and we're live at the scene: 

 

UPDATE 8AM: MAJOR flooding will begin to recede in Rockhampton this afternoon however the Bureau of Meteorology say the Fitzroy River could rise further before that happens. 

Due to this, the BOM are refusing to declare a final flood peak for Rockhampton. 

In a release issued at 8am, BOM hydrologists said major flooding was easing on the Fitzroy River upstream from Rockhampton between The Gap and Laurel Bank. 

"At 6:30 am Friday, the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton was at 8.80 metres and steady," BOM hydrologists said. 

"Overnight, the river level reached 8.9 metres. The river level is likely to remain relatively steady around its current level during Friday morning but is expected to begin falling slowly during the afternoon.

"Minor fluctuations are still possible this morning and for this reason the Bureau will not consider the river level to have peaked at Rockhampton until the river level observations show a consistently falling trend."

 

UPDATE 6.30am: THE BUREAU of Meteorology have still not declared a flood peak in Rockhampton with the Fitzroy River continuing to fluctuate. 

According to BOM River Height Data, at 2am, the Fitzroy River reached 8.9m in Rockhampton before dropping back to 8.8m as at 5am. 

DespiteRockhampton Regional Council declaring that floodwaters peaked at 8.75m yesterday, the Bureau of Meteorology maintains that the waters may still be very slightly rising

In a statement provided to The Morning Bulletin late yesterday, a BOM spokeswoman said the BOM won't call the flood peak until the 8.8m figure starts to recede. 

More to come

UPDATE: 

AS THE Fitzroy River finally broke its banks, swirling down suburban streets, "swampies" continued about their daily life after days of waiting for the floods to peak.
 

Flood marker at 8.7m in Rockhampton on Thursday morning.
Flood marker at 8.7m in Rockhampton on Thursday morning. Melanie Plane

 

Moving into his East St home in Depot Hill three years ago, this is the first time Brett James has lived through a Rockhampton flood. But he already considers himself a swampie - the affectionate term for locals from the flood-prone area.

"Flooding's just virtually something you've got to deal with when you live in Depot Hill," Mr James said. "I've ­always wanted to live on the riverfront. "At least now, I've got a good place to throw out a couple of crab pots."

Flooded Rockhampton has become a political football with a federal MP and the city mayor trading barbs over stalled mitigation works.

The stoush came as the Fitzroy River yesterday reached 8.85m, inundating large parts of the city.

 

BIG CROWD: Residents are flocking to the banks of the Fitzroy to watch the peak.
BIG CROWD: Residents are flocking to the banks of the Fitzroy to watch the peak.

 

Mayor Margaret Strelow yesterday took a swipe at Capricornia LNP MP Michelle Landry for trying to politicise flood protection as the city ­experienced major flooding. Ms Landry said it was Cr Strelow who was political point-scorning as suburban streets flowed with water.

Ms Landry yesterday denied the Federal Government had knocked back funding for a flood levee in south Rockhampton projected to protect about 1000 homes.

She said the Government would "welcome a submission", but none had been made by the council since the completion of a feasibility study.

"I appreciate that emotions are high, but as soon as the flood subsides we need to have some factual dialogue that puts people and business before politics," she said.

Council's disaster management boss Tony Williams backed Cr Strelow's call for government funding towards the $60 million for flood mitigation work to help flood proof the city's south.
 

Latest River Heights for Fitzroy River at Rockhampton. The river hit 8.85m at 8.30pm.
Latest River Heights for Fitzroy River at Rockhampton. The river hit 8.85m at 8.30pm.


He said stage one flood mitigation in north Rockhampton, where backflow prevention valves worked in conjunction with a temporary flood levee, proved that preventive measures worked.

But council needs to pass a resolution that backs the move before an application can be made for State and Federal government funding towards the project.

Bureau of Meteorology predicts the river will recede over the weekend as clean-up preparations begin in earnest. Up to 217 homes may have been inundated.

Major local employers, including Teys meatworks and Hastings Deering, were forced to close this week.
 


UPDATE: 8.85pm: 

THE HEIGHT of the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton has hit 8.85m.

Some authorities at midday Thursday said the flood had peaked at 8.8m, but the Bureau of Meteorology weren't confident to call that it had reached the peak.

In its latest update, BoM warned the Fitzroy could continue to surge to near 9m, potentially affecting many more homes.

"Due to these fluctuations, the Bureau will not consider the river level to have peaked at Rockhampton until observations show a consistently falling trend," it states.

Senior BoM hydrologists have previously warned the Fitzroy could stay at the peak for about two days.

The Fitzroy reached 8m today, but dropped to 8.75m at 11.30 before rising again to 8.8m.

It again surged to 8.85m at 8pm. 

More to come

UPDATE: 12.18pm: 

THE NATION is watching Rockhampton as the Fitzroy peaks around midday today.

More than a hundred residents gather at the historic flood marker in the CBD to watch the peak.

JUST IN | BOM: Four stadiums of water about to hit Rockhampton

About six TV crews have their cameras set on the marker, mounted police are patrolling the area, and residents are still flocking to the area.

The Fitzroy at Rockhampton is at about 8.9m, just short of the predicted 9m peak.

LATEST UPDATE:

WHEN the swelling Fitzroy River peaks at noon today, about 300 Rockhampton homes and businesses will be inundated, according to experts.

Rockhampton's history of being "good at floods" is coming in handy as the river hit the 8.7m mark on Thursday morning.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow said the steady rise of water had given the community some breathing room to prepare.

"I think we're good at floods, we've got some new things this time, so we'll have new lessons that we learn for the next flood as well," she told ABC News.

The flooding is expected to remain into the weekend.

UPDATE WEDNESDAY

THE FITZROY River in Rockhampton has crept up to 8.3m as it approaches major flood level. 

Major roads across the region have been inundated and closed including the Capricorn Hwy, lower parts of the Bruce Hwy at Port Curtis and Lower Dawson Rd. 

With the Yeppen bridges traffic management plan enacted late last night, motorists travelling into Rockhampton from the west or south are being directed by traffic controllers and police. 

With sections of Lower Dawson Rd closed, traffic is being diverted up Upper Dawson Rd and a 40km/hr limit is in place. 

Motorists travelling this route are urged to be patient as delays are expected. 

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UPDATE TUESDAY: ROCKHAMPTON is bracing for three days of major flooding before water recedes to a point where crews can begin clean-up work.

As water yesterday crept up drains, inundating isolated homes in the city's south, the regional council's disaster management chief Tony Williams predicted floodwaters would remain high until Saturday.

But he remained hopeful that help from the army would mean the airport would be closed for less than the three weeks it was during the 2011 floods.

"The information being provided from our airport staff is that we're hoping to bring that down ... to two weeks," Cr Williams said.

 

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts the Fitzroy River will exceed an 8.5m major flood level today before continuing to rise until it peaks at 9m by tomorrow morning.

Flood modelling indicates central Rockhampton suburbs will essentially become an ­island, with backflows pushing water into low-lying homes on the south of the river.


Almost 340 homes are expected to be inundated, but more than 3300 properties are likely to be affected.

Rockhampton MP Bill Byrne indicated that affected residents would be able to apply for natural disaster ­assistance.

 

EARLIER: THE FITZROY River has is slowly approaching 8m in Rockhampton with a level of 7.85m recorded about 12pm today. 

The BOM continues to predict the Fitzroy River to reach major flood levels peaking at around 9.0 metres Thursday morning with water expected to start receding on Saturday.  

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Police, ambulance and government recovery agencies have now brought additional resources into Rockhampton.  There will also be additional 24 hour police patrols on both land and water.

Drinking water quality connected to Council networks has not, and won't be, impacted during the flood. Water remains at a high quality.

The Evacuation Centre remains open at the Rockhampton Showgrounds for those directly impacted by the floodwaters.

For questions and concerns, contact the Local Disaster Coordination Centre on 1300 652 659.

A motorist risks driving through flood water on Port Curtis Rd.
A motorist risks driving through flood water on Port Curtis Rd. Melanie Plane

UPDATE TUESDAY 6.30AM: THE Fitzroy River has begun to inundate homes in Rockhampton and exceeded the moderate flood level. 

As at 6.30am, the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton at the CBD flood marker has reached 7.6m and rising. 

Homes and businesses along the lower end of Quay St have begun to flood while homes in areas such as Wood St are completely surrounded by water. 

Businesses affected include the Quay St Trade Centre, the Fitzroy Motor Boat Club and the Rockhampton Coast Guard. 

Major roads in the Rockhampton region are still expected to be cut despite a revision of the expected Fitzroy River flood peak to 9.0 metres. 

Major roads will be cut today. To read about these closures, click here. 

 

 

UPDATE 5PM: THE river hasn't peaked yet, but planning for the recovery phase is already well underway. 

The first meeting of the Local Disaster Management Group's recovery sub-committee was held today, chaired by Rockhampton Region mayor Margaret Strelow. 

The committee received a briefing on the evacuation centre at the Rockhampton Showgrounds, and discussed the resources needed for the massive clean-up ahead.   

Cr Strelow said the committee also wanted to make sure all those living transiently on the riverbank had safe accommodation.   

Strategies for financial recovery were also on the agenda.   

"We're just very conscious this is going to be tough on our economy when many of our small businesses are doing it tough anyway," Cr Strelow said.   

She said the committee was also briefed by AgForce about the economic impacts on graziers in the region.   

"Whilst we're very keen to support people financially to get back on their feet again … I'm just aware there's a fatigue and a need at least to offer emotional support.  

"I'm quite concerned for those small business owners who don't need yet another disaster in the community either. But we've got it and we will respond well."

UPDATE 2PM: THE FITZROY River at Rockhampton is slowly rising with waters currently reaching 6.7m at the flood marker. 

The Fitzroy at Riverslea appears to be evening out having reached 26.32m and 'steady' as at 12.40pm. 

Flood waters have crept into the CBD, with water inundating walkways and BBQ areas on Quay St. 

UPDATE: 9.48am: 

DOZENS of homes and businesses in and around Rockhampton are losing power as flood waters approach the city.

Ergon's latest power outage map reveals about 70 of its customers have had their power cut.

All the customers are in flood zones along the Fitzroy River.

POWER OUTAGE: Dozens of Ergon customers are losing power as flood waters approach.
POWER OUTAGE: Dozens of Ergon customers are losing power as flood waters approach.

An Ergon spokesman yesterday told The Morning Bulletin the company would make "every effort" to contact customers before switching their power off.

READ: Find out if your house is likely to lose power during the floods

More to come

LATEST 8AM MONDAY: THE BUREAU of Meteorology have revised the peak height of the Fitzroy River flood to 9m.

Just before 8am, the BoM said based on the river levels being recorded at Riverslea, the prediction for Rockhampton had been updated. 

" A major flood peak of 9.00 metres is likely at Rockhampton during Wednesday. This flood level is just under the 2011 flood peak," forecasters said. 

"The main flood peak in the Fitzroy system is now in the Riverslea area and very near a peak."

MONDAY 7AM: As at 6.30am, the flood marker shows the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton has reached 6.4m and climbing resulting in inundation at the bottom end of Quay St and the closure of the Quay St boat ramp.

With the Fitzroy expected to peak at Riverslea today, Bureau of Meteorology hydrologists are closely monitoring the situation and will soon be able to confirm just how high the river will rise in Rockhampton.

As at 5.40am, Riverslea had reached 26.12m.

UPDATE 9PM: 

CUSTOMERS reeling over flight cancellations at Rockhampton airport from Monday afternoon may have a stroke of luck.

Rockhampton Regional Council tonight said the additional flights will be added to the Gladstone Airport to help customer get in or out of Rockhampton.

Council said tonight it is working with airline passengers and the Gladstone Aiport Corporation to "reaccommodate" affects passengers.

It said it would provide an update when negotiations are finalised.

>>READ: Rockhampton Airport to close as flood nears

 

More to come

UPDATE: 8.24pm: 

A QUEENSLAND photographer has snapped stunning photos of Australian Defence Force personnel landing in Emu Park to assist in the Rockhampton floods.

Photographer Glenn Adamus wrote on Facebook that the Navy Eurocopter NH90 helicopter and other helichopters landed in Emu Park this afternoon.

"(They're) mak(ing) their way to be based on the Capricorn Coast to assist in rescue and other operations in the coming 100-year flood event in Rockhampton later this week," Mr Adamus wrote.

More to come

UPDATE: 11.41am: 

ERGON has begun cutting power to Rockhampton homes that will go under in major floods.

An Ergon spokesman said the timeframe of when it would cut power supply would depend on how quickly the river rises.

>>LIVE COVERAGE: 'Major flooding' begins in Fitzroy River: BOM

But the spokesman told The Morning Bulletin it is working to do a list of when it expected power would need to be cut to certain areas.

"It will depend how quickly the river comes up," he said. "When it comes to an unsafe situation, we need to cut it."

POWER CUT: Ergon has begun cutting power to customers along the Fitzroy River.
POWER CUT: Ergon has begun cutting power to customers along the Fitzroy River.

He said Ergon had called about 90 customers yesterday to tell them their power would be cut today. 

More to come

10am: ADDITIONAL emergency services are en route to Rockhampton to help with the pending Fitzroy River major flood.

The Queensland Ambulance Service tweeted this morning that 26 additional paramedics are deploying to Rockhampton today to support local staff and assist community.

Health and Ambulance Services Minister Cameron Dick has updated QDMC that 23 paramedics and four emergency medical dispatchers to be deployed to Rockhampton.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Queensland Disaster Management Committee at 8am this morning (Sunday, 2 April) was updated on the status of flood warnings for the Connors, Isaac, Mackenzie and Fitzroy Rivers in central Queensland, the impact of flooding of the Logan River that peaked in the State's south-east last night, and recovery efforts underway in communities in north Queensland impacted directly by Debbie.

Ergon Energy will work with the Rockhampton Regional Council on disconnecting customers, to ensure there are no live wire issues, as Fitzroy River flood levels rise; 90 customers are expected to be disconnected today and they have been notified.

The remaining temporary barrier has been transferred to be erected to protect Rockhampton airport infrastructure when floodwaters rise and close the airport.

Temporary barriers are also being erected to protect homes in the north Rockhampton suburb of Berserker.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad will travel to Rockhampton to follow-up on the comprehensive planning being led by the Council for a Fitzroy River peak on Wednesday.

Agriculture Minister and Member for Rockhampton Bill Byrne will remain in his electorate to monitor the rising floodwaters and the emergency response. Minister Byrne has also overseen his Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' work to assess the impact on the agricultural sector. 

UPDATE 8.20AM: THE Fitzroy River is now expected to reach the moderate flood level mark at Rockhampton tomorrow morning.

Yesterday's update from the Bureau of Meteorology indicated the moderate flood level mark of 7.5 metres could have been reached tonight in the Beef Capital.

However, this morning's update posted on the BoM's website at 7.56am sees a later timeframe.

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is currently at 5.50 metres and steady. 

This morning's update also shows that the river level is likely to exceed the major flood level (8.5m) overnight Monday into Tuesday and is likely to peak between 9.00 and 9.40 metres overnight Wednesday into Thursday. This prediction will be updated when a peak is recorded upstream at Riverslea.

The Fitzroy River at Yaamba is currently at 11.60 metres and rising. The Fitzroy River at Yaamba is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (12.00 m) during Sunday. The river level is likely to reach the major flood level (15.00 m) Monday evening.

The major flood peak is expected at Rockhampton overnight Wednesday. This flood level is likely to be larger than the 2011 floods, and may reach the February 1954 flood level of 9.40 metres.

The main flood peak in the Fitzroy system is now in the Mackenzie River downstream of Coolmaringa and will move downstream over the next week.

Dawson River downstream of Theodore:
Minor to moderate flooding is occurring along the Dawson River between Beckers and Knebworth.

No river level readings are available for the Dawson River at Baralaba (manual gauge). Based on river levels at the automatic station at Baralaba Weir it is likely that levels are below the minor flood level (4.00 m) but with renewed rises occurring. The river level may exceed the minor flood level (4.00 m) during Sunday.

Don and Dee Rivers:
Minor flood levels are easing in the Don River at Rannes and in Callide Creek at Goovigen.

Connors and Isaac Rivers:
Moderate to major flood levels are easing along the lower reaches of the Connors and Isaac Rivers.

There is very limited data available due to station and communication failures.

Major flood levels are expected to be occurring on the Isaac River at Yatton. Major flooding will continue well into next week.

Mackenzie River:
Record major flooding is occurring along the lower reaches of the Mackenzie River.

The Mackenzie River at Tartrus is currently at 16.08 metres and falling. A peak of 18.26 metres was recorded at 3 pm Friday, which is higher than the previous record of 18.19 metres recorded in 1958. The Mackenzie River at Tartrus will remain above the major flood level (15.00 m) over the weekend.

Flood Safety Advice:
Remember: If it's flooded, forget it. For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts

Next Issue:
The next warning will be issued by 12:00 pm EST on Sunday 02 April 2017.

Latest River Heights:
Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation
Nogoa R at Raymond Alert 3.00 Steady 06:33 AM SUN 02/04/17
Nogoa R at Craigmore Alert 4.43 Falling 07:13 AM SUN 02/04/17
Nogoa R at Craigmore TM 4.72 Falling 04:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Nogoa R at Fairbairn Dam HW Alert -5.79 Steady 06:38 AM SUN 02/04/17
Nogoa R at Fairbairn Dam HW TM -5.76 Steady 07:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Nogoa R at Emerald Alert 3.36 Steady 06:03 AM SUN 02/04/17
Theresa Ck at Gregory Highway Alert 5.58 Falling 07:10 AM SUN 02/04/17
Theresa Ck at Gregory Highway TM 5.73 Falling 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Comet R at The Lake Alert 4.43 Rising 07:36 AM SUN 02/04/17
Comet R at The Lake TM 4.89 Falling 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Comet R at Comet Weir Alert 3.73 Steady 05:28 AM SUN 02/04/17
Comet R at Comet Weir TM 3.74 Steady 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Mackenzie R at Bedford Weir TW Alert 5.38 Falling 07:22 AM SUN 02/04/17
Mackenzie R at Bedford Weir TW TM 5.41 Falling 07:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Mackenzie R at Bingegang Weir HW TM 9.02 Rising 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Mackenzie R at Bingegang Weir HW Alert 9.03 Rising 06:41 AM SUN 02/04/17
Connors R at Pink Lagoon TM 12.68 Falling 12:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Isaac R at Fitzroy Develop. Rd Br TM 4.19 Falling 06:30 AM SUN 02/04/17
Mackenzie R at Tartrus TM 16.08 Falling 06:45 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dawson R at Utopia Downs TM 1.61 Steady 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dawson R at Tarana Crossing Alert 2.39 Falling 06:54 AM SUN 02/04/17
Juandah Ck at Windamere TM 0.75 Steady 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dawson R at Taroom TM 2.51 Rising 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dawson R at Gyranda Weir TM -1.29 Steady 07:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dawson R at Gyranda Weir Alert -1.29 Steady 07:05 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dawson R at Moura Weir TM 0.34 Steady 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Mimosa Ck at Karamea Alert 3.31 Falling 07:06 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dawson R at Baralaba TW TM 3.58 Rising 07:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Callide Ck at Callide Dam HW TM -0.87 Steady 07:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Kroombit Ck at Kroombit Dam HW TM 0.02 Steady 07:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Callide Ck at Goovigen TM 6.94 Falling 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dee River at Number 7 Dam TM 16.85 Steady 05:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Don R at Rannes TM 7.17 Falling 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Dawson R at Knebworth TM 12.55 Rising 07:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Fitzroy R at Riverslea TM 17.48 Rising 11:40 AM SAT 01/04/17
Fitzroy R at Riverslea-2 TM 23.44 Steady 06:40 AM SUN 02/04/17
Fitzroy R at Yaamba 11.60 Rising 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Fitzroy R at Rockhampton 5.50 Steady 06:00 AM SUN 02/04/17
Port Alma Tide TM 1.71 Steady 07:11 AM SUN 02/04/17

 

UPDATE: 3.16pm: 

THE QUEENSLAND Premier is on the ground in Rockhampton for disaster talks ahead of the major floods.

Moments ago, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke to emergency crews erecting a barricade around the city's airport.

We will bring you live video throughout Rockhampton's floods. 

1.25pm: ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council is now expecting the airport to close by midday on Monday at the latest. Please contact your airlines for information around flights as they may stop services earlier.

In terms of parking the undercover, premium and long term areas are closed. Short term remains open for the moment however with the impending closure, we are encouraging people not to park at the airport if possible.
Cars which are currently parked in those longer-stay zones will be towed to a secure location tomorrow and owners will be contacted.

FLOOD BARRICADE: Flood barricades are being set up at Rockhampton's airport.
FLOOD BARRICADE: Flood barricades are being set up at Rockhampton's airport.

12.50pm: ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council advises there is no need to panic buy ahead of the flood peak on Wednesday.

In the latest advice from the council after the Rockhampton Local Disaster Management Group met this morning, Mayor Margaret Strelow said based on the Bureau of Meteorology's latest modelling, the Yeppen crossing will remain open.

However, the airport will close and thousands of homes will go under water. Read the full story here: Latest advice from Rockhampton Regional Council about Yeppen and airport

12.30pm: The Fitzroy River  is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (7.50 m) at Rockhampton overnight Sunday into Monday, according to the latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The main flood peak in the Fitzroy system is now in the Mackenzie River downstream of Tartrus and will move downstream over the next week.

A major flood peak is expected at Rockhampton around Wednesday next week. This flood level is likely to be larger than 2011 floods, and may reach the February 1954 flood level - likely to peak between 9.00 and 9.40 metres during Wednesday.

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is currently at 5.40 metres and falling.

The river is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (7.50 m) overnight Sunday into Monday, and then exceed the major flood level (8.50 m) late Monday afternoon.

This prediction will be updated as upstream peaks are recorded at Coolmaringa and Riverslea.

The Fitzroy River at Yaamba is currently at 10.50 metres and falling. The Fitzroy River at Yaamba is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (12.00 m) during Sunday. The river level is likely to reach the major flood level (15.00 m) Monday evening.

 

Dawson River downstream of Theodore:
Minor to moderate flooding may occur along the Dawson River downstream of Theodore.

The Dawson River at Baralaba peaked at 3.45 metres around midnight Friday into Saturday. Some further rises to around the minor flood level (4.00 m) are possible during Sunday.

Don and Dee Rivers:
Moderate flooding is easing in the Don River at Rannes and in Callide Creek at Goovigen.

Connors and Isaac Rivers:
Major flooding is occurring along the Connors and Isaac Rivers.

There is very limited data available due to station and communication failures.

Major flood levels are occurring downstream on the Isaac River at Yatton. Major flooding will continue at Yatton well into next week.

Mackenzie River:
Record major flooding is occurring along the lower reaches of the Mackenzie River.

The Mackenzie River at Tartrus is currently at 17.77 metres and slowly falling. A peak of 18.26 metres was recorded at 3 pm Friday, this is higher than the previous record of 18.19 metres in 1958. The Mackenzie River at Tartrus will remain above the major flood level (15.00 m) during Saturday and well into next week.

Flood Safety Advice:

Remember: If it's flooded, forget it. For flood emergency assistance contact the SES on 132 500. For life threatening emergencies, call Triple Zero (000) immediately.

Current emergency information is available at www.qld.gov.au/alerts

Next Issue:
The next warning will be issued by 5pm EST on Saturday 01 April 2017.

Latest River Heights:

Mackenzie R at Bedford Weir TW TM 6.79 Steady 12:00 PM SAT 01/04/17
Mackenzie R at Bingegang Weir HW TM 9.43 Falling 11:45 AM SAT 01/04/17
Mackenzie R at Bingegang Weir HW Alert 9.38 Steady 12:01 PM SAT 01/04/17
Connors R at Pink Lagoon TM 13.46 Falling 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Isaac R at Fitzroy Develop. Rd Br TM 6.56 Falling 11:30 AM SAT 01/04/17
Mackenzie R at Tartrus TM 17.28 Falling 11:45 AM SAT 01/04/17
Dawson R at Utopia Downs TM 1.85 Falling 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Dawson R at Tarana Crossing Alert 3.24 Steady 12:10 PM SAT 01/04/17
Juandah Ck at Windamere TM 0.83 Steady 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Dawson R at Taroom TM 2.03 Rising 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Dawson R at Gyranda Weir TM -1.33 Steady 12:00 PM SAT 01/04/17
Dawson R at Moura Weir TM 0.49 Steady 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Mimosa Ck at Karamea Alert 4.86 Steady 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Dawson R at Baralaba TW TM 2.62 Steady 12:00 PM SAT 01/04/17
Callide Ck at Callide Dam HW TM -0.92 Steady 12:00 PM SAT 01/04/17
Kroombit Ck at Kroombit Dam HW TM 0.06 Steady 12:00 PM SAT 01/04/17
Callide Ck at Goovigen TM 8.93 Falling 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Dee River at Number 7 Dam TM 16.86 Steady 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Don R at Rannes TM 8.00 Steady 11:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Dawson R at Knebworth TM 12.55 Falling 12:00 PM SAT 01/04/17
Fitzroy R at Riverslea-2 TM 17.64 Rising 11:40 AM SAT 01/04/17
Fitzroy R at Yaamba 10.30 Rising 09:00 AM SAT 01/04/17
Fitzroy R at Rockhampton 5.40 Falling 07:15 AM SAT 01/04/17
Port Alma Tide TM 4.47 Steady 11:31 AM SAT 01/04/17

 

11.40am: ROCKHAMPTON Regional Council has posted advice on its Facebook page for rural residents for this flood event.

The post says the advice the council received from BoM at 9am  was that Riverslea would peak early Monday between 26-28 metres.

"Please continue to monitor the BoM site for changes to Riverslea height as Coolmaringa is still rising," the post said.

" Residents that are new to the rural area are encouraged to get in touch with their neighbours who may be able to advise how to best prepare for this major flood event.

"A flood map will be on display at the Alton Downs Hall this afternoon and Council is currently arranging for sand to be available at the Alton Downs Rural Fire Brigade (Behind the Alton Downs Hall). We will update this post when it is available.

"FPlease spread the message that Council's Facebook page is update regularly with the latest information and anyone needing assistance should call 1300652659."

The BoM website about the flood warning indicates the next update will be issued at noon today.

9.55am: To help residents prepare for this week's flood event, Rockhampton Regional Council has opened up the dumps at Lakes Creek and Gracemere for free this weekend.

Council will provide further updates on the landfill once we move into the recovery phase.

9.20am: QUEENSLAND Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will visit Rockhampton this afternoon.

The Premier will visit the Beef Capital ahead of the Fitzroy River levels reaching major flood levels of 8.5 metres on Monday and an expected peak of between 9-9.4 metres on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, readers can get an insight into what areas could be flooded once the level goes between 9-9.5 metres in the image below or clicking here: Rockhampton Regional Council 9.5 metre flood map

 

Rockhampton Regional Council 9.5 metre flood map indicates what parts of the Beef Capital could be under water when the river rises between 9 metres and 9.5 metres.
Rockhampton Regional Council 9.5 metre flood map indicates what parts of the Beef Capital could be under water when the river rises between 9 metres and 9.5 metres. Rockhampton Regional Council

8.55am: THE Rockhampton Regional Council has given an update on when it is believed the airport will close with the pending Fitzroy River flood.

The council posted on its Facebook page at 8.50am that operations will continue this weekend, but the forecast flood rises indicate the river will reach 8.5metres on Monday and the airport will close Monday or early Tuesday morning.

The council advised that some airlines may cease operations earlier than when council closes the airport.

Council, emergency service organisations and other community leaders are heading in now to a Local Disaster Management meeting to get the latest advice and plan ahead of the rising river levels.

7.30am: THE Fitzroy River at Yaamba is likely to exceed the moderate flood level of 12 metres tomorrow, according to the latest advice from the Bureau of Meteorology.

The river at Yaamba was at 10.20 metres and falling as of 8am today.

The Fitzroy River at Yaamba is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (12.00 m) during Sunday.

BoM's advice issued just before 5am stated the river level is likely to reach the major flood level (15m) Monday evening.

Meanwhile, the river at Rockhampton is currently at 5.40 metres and falling.

 

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is likely to exceed the moderate flood level (7.50 m) overnight Sunday into Monday.

The river level is likely to exceed the major flood level (8.50 m) late Monday afternoon, which is close to when the Rockhampton Airport will shut (8.7m).

 

Fitzroy River Rockhampton flood level classifications.
Fitzroy River Rockhampton flood level classifications.

It is likely to peak between 9.00 and 9.40 metres during Wednesday. This prediction will be updated as upstream peaks are recorded at Coolmaringa and Riverslea.

The main flood peak in the Fitzroy system is now in the Mackenzie River at Tartrus are and will move downstream over the next week. A major flood peak is expected at Rockhampton around Wednesday next week at levels similar to the 2011 and 1991 floods.

Dawson River downstream of Theodore:

Minor to moderate flooding may occur along the Dawson River downstream of Theodore.

The Dawson River at Baralaba may exceed the minor flood level (4.00 m) overnight Friday into Saturday.

Don and Dee Rivers:

Moderate flooding is peaking in the Don River at Rannes and in Callide Creek at Goovigen. Most of the locations upstream have peaked and flooding is now easing.

Connors and Isaac Rivers:

Major flooding is occurring along the Connors and Isaac Rivers.

There is very limited data available due to station and communication failures.

Major flood levels are occurring downstream on the Isaac River at Yatton. Major flooding will continue at Yatton well into next week.

Mackenzie River:

Record major flooding is occurring along the lower reaches of the Mackenzie River.

The Mackenzie River at Tartrus is currently at 17.77 metres and slowly falling. A peak of 12.26 metres was recorded at 3 pm Friday, this is higher than the previous record of 18.19 metres in 1958. The Mackenzie River at Tartrus will remain above the major flood level (15.00 m) during Saturday and well into next week.

 

Historic flood markers on the Fitzroy River flood guage at the end of Derby Street contradict the flood levels on the new monument.   For example the official record for the 1918 flood is 10.11m while it is recoreded as only 9.73 on the monument.   Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Historic flood markers on the Fitzroy River flood guage at the end of Derby Street contradict the flood levels on the new monument. For example the official record for the 1918 flood is 10.11m while it is recoreded as only 9.73 on the monument. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison ROK301013cmonument3

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued by 12:00 pm EST on Saturday 01 April 2017.

Latest River Heights:

Location Height of River (m) Tendency Date/Time of Observation

Nogoa R at Raymond Alert 2.90 Steady 03:33 AM SAT 01/04/17

Nogoa R at Craigmore Alert 5.63 Falling 04:22 AM SAT 01/04/17

Nogoa R at Craigmore TM 5.56 Rising 08:00 PM FRI 31/03/17

Nogoa R at Fairbairn Dam HW Alert -5.84 Rising 04:16 AM SAT 01/04/17

Nogoa R at Fairbairn Dam HW TM -5.85 Steady 04:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Nogoa R at Emerald Alert 3.36 Steady 03:03 AM SAT 01/04/17

Theresa Ck at Gregory Highway Alert 5.18 Rising 04:05 AM SAT 01/04/17

Theresa Ck at Gregory Highway TM 5.13 Rising 03:20 AM SAT 01/04/17

Comet R at The Lake Alert 6.63 Steady 04:21 AM SAT 01/04/17

Comet R at The Lake TM 6.97 Falling 03:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Comet R at Comet Weir Alert 3.98 Falling 03:43 AM SAT 01/04/17

Comet R at Comet Weir TM 4.05 Falling 03:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Mackenzie R at Bedford Weir TW Alert 6.98 Steady 03:48 AM SAT 01/04/17

Mackenzie R at Bedford Weir TW TM 6.97 Steady 04:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Mackenzie R at Bingegang Weir HW TM 10.03 Rising 03:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Mackenzie R at Bingegang Weir HW Alert 9.83 Rising 04:08 AM SAT 01/04/17

Connors R at Pink Lagoon TM 13.86 Falling 02:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Isaac R at Fitzroy Develop. Rd Br TM 7.11 Falling 03:20 AM SAT 01/04/17

Mackenzie R at Tartrus TM 17.76 Falling 03:30 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dawson R at Utopia Downs TM 2.01 Falling 03:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dawson R at Tarana Crossing Alert 2.64 Rising 04:06 AM SAT 01/04/17

Juandah Ck at Windamere TM 0.89 Falling 03:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dawson R at Taroom TM 1.70 Rising 03:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dawson R at Gyranda Weir TM -1.35 Steady 04:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dawson R at Gyranda Weir Alert -1.34 Steady 04:05 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dawson R at Moura Weir TM 0.46 Rising 02:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Mimosa Ck at Karamea Alert 4.71 Rising 04:18 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dawson R at Baralaba TW TM 3.27 Falling 04:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Callide Ck at Callide Dam HW TM -0.72 Falling 04:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Kroombit Ck at Kroombit Dam HW TM 0.09 Steady 04:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Callide Ck at Goovigen TM 9.68 Falling 03:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dee River at Number 7 Dam TM 16.87 Steady 02:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Don R at Rannes TM 7.88 Falling 03:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Dawson R at Knebworth TM 12.53 Rising 04:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Fitzroy R at Riverslea TM 15.48 Rising 03:40 AM SAT 01/04/17

Fitzroy R at Riverslea-2 TM 15.64 Rising 03:40 AM SAT 01/04/17

Fitzroy R at Yaamba 10.50 Falling 06:00 PM FRI 31/03/17

Fitzroy R at Rockhampton 5.70 Rising 01:00 AM SAT 01/04/17

Port Alma Tide TM 2.22 Falling 04:11 AM SAT 01/04/17



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