Tony Higgins and Amanda Robinson from the Fitzroy Hotel in Depot Hill aren’t concerned about the predicted flooding in Rockhampton.
Tony Higgins and Amanda Robinson from the Fitzroy Hotel in Depot Hill aren’t concerned about the predicted flooding in Rockhampton. Allan Reinikka

Flood won't affect 'float-el'

ROCKHAMPTON may be on flood alert, but Fitzroy Hotel manager Tony Higgins isn't worried.

With the Fitzroy River expected to peak at 7.5m next week, Mr Higgins said at the moment they had nothing to be concerned about.

"When it reaches nine metres we're in trouble," he said yesterday.

"But at the moment it really won't affect us."

The hotel became known as the "float-el" during last year's floods, providing a haven for the flood-prone Depot Hill community, as many residents were forced to evacuate their homes.

Resident Danny Kalksma moved to the area only two weeks ago, but he also said that at its predicted height it "shouldn't bother us".

"It's a bit of a different weather pattern to last year," he said.

But Mr Higgins said the normal precautions had been put in place.

"We've stocked up in case the roads get cut and supplies can't get through," he said.

"We know to be prepared - they didn't call this place the Hilltop for no reason."



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