Two-year-old Zaidan departs his Lakes Creek Road home as water laps the steps yesterday
Two-year-old Zaidan departs his Lakes Creek Road home as water laps the steps yesterday

Zaidan out as flood goes major

3pm: SHARA Thorn was among 70 people who self-evacuated their Rockhampton houses Saturday morning.

She was waiting for her father to take herself and her two-year-old son Zaidan to his home out at The Caves, north of Rockhampton.

SES local controller Eddie Cowie said on Saturday morning many people throughout the Rockhampton region were self-evacuating and he was expecting the number to rise significantly throughout the day as the Fitzroy River levels rose.

"A lot of people have been self-evacuating and we’ve certainly helped a lot of people out, door knocking and bringing people out," he said.

While The Morning Bulletin spoke to Shara, within five minutes the water level around her Lakes Creek home rose almost an inch, turning her yard into a moat.

"The water only began coming in yesterday at about 4.30pm or 5pm," she said.

Shara laughed as she watched her son splash through the water near her garden.

"Well at least he’s enjoying it, and we haven’t seen any snakes, so that’s good," she said.

"My other son Jayden is already with my dad, he’s almost four.

"And we’ll just take food and some clothes to his house."

Although she’s leaving her high-rise family home, she feels it will be safe from the worst of the flood water.

"We took out all the valuable stuff yesterday, so it should be okay."

10am: EVACUATIONS of residents in flood hit Rockhampton suburbs continue this morning as the Fitzroy River reached the major flood level of 8.5 metres.

The Fitzroy is expected to hit 9 metres on Monday with further rises up to 9.4 metres on Wednesday next week - this is similar to two of the city's worst ever floods in 1991 and 1954.

Rises are continuing in the Fitzroy River from Riverslea to Rockhampton, although Riverslea (27.19m at 8.30am) is now rising only very slowly.

SES crews were going from  home to home this morning to evacuate residents in flooded areas and also delivering sandbags to businesses and residents.

 

The Nogoa River at Emerald peaked at 16.05 metres during Friday and at 5.45am Saturday was 15.75 metres and falling slowly. This level is about 1.35 metres over the approaches to the Vince Lester Bridge.

River levels at Emerald are expected to continue falling slowly during the weekend.

 

6.48am: Reports that major flooding continues along the Dawson, Comet, Nogoa and Mackenzie Rivers with continued river rises and record flooding in many areas.

The Nogoa River at Emerald has fallen 0.3 metres following its record major flood peak of 16.05 metres during Friday.

On the Dawson River at Theodore, river levels will be higher then last weekend’s record peak of 14.6 metres until early next week.

The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton is expected to reach 9 metres on Monday with further rises up to 9.4 metres on Wednesday next week.

This is similar to the 1991 and 1954 flood levels.

Major flooding continues along the Dawson, Comet, Nogoa and Mackenzie Rivers with continued river rises and record flooding in many areas.

The Nogoa River at Emerald has fallen 0.3 metres following its record major flood peak of 16.05 metres during Friday.

On the Dawson River at Theodore, river levels will be higher then last weekend’s record peak of 14.6 metres until early next week.

 

CONNORS/ISAAC RIVER SYSTEM:

At Yatton on the Isaac River, major flooding has peaked just above 16 metres.

Moderate flood levels will continue easing the weekend.

NOGOA RIVER:

The Nogoa River at Emerald peaked at 16.05 metres during Friday and at 5:45am

Saturday was 15.75 metres and falling slowly. This level is about 1.35 metres

over the approaches to the Vince Lester Bridge. River levels at Emerald are

expected to continue falling slowly during the weekend.

COMET RIVER:

Record major flood peaks have been observed along the Comet River to Comet Weir

with major flooding now easing slowly. Major flooding will continue into next

week.

MACKENZIE RIVER:

River levels are expected to be slightly above the 1978 flood levels in the

Comet-Nogoa River junction area during the weekend and extend to the Bingegang

area early next week where levels of above 17 metres are expected.

DAWSON RIVER:

Major flooding extends from Taroom to Knebworth including the towns of Theodore,

Moura and Baralaba.

The main flood peak is now downstream of The Glebe area. River rises to levels

above the 1956 flood levels will extend downstream to the Theodore area during

this weekend and keep levels high at Baralaba for at least the next 5 days.

River levels at Theodore will be higher then last weekend’s record peak of 14.6

metres until early next week.

FITZROY RIVER:

Rises are continuing in the Fitzroy River from Riverslea to Rockhampton,

although Riverslea is now rising only very slowly. The Fitzroy River at

Rockhampton was 8.4 metres at 6am Saturday and rising slowly with moderate

flooding. Rises will continue with major flood levels reaching 9 metres on

Monday with further rises.

Rockhampton is expected to reach up to 9.4 metres on Wednesday. This is similar

to the 1991 (9.3m) and 1954 (9.4m) flood levels. Rockhampton river levels are

expected to remain above 8.5 metres (major) for up to 10 days. These predictions

will be revised as upstream peaks are observed.

At Yaamba, flood levels are expected to reach 16 metres late Saturday with

further rises to around 16.5 metres on Monday.

 

Predicted River Heights/Flows:

NOGOA RIVER:

Emerald: Remain above 15 metres (major) until Sunday.

DAWSON RIVER:

Theodore: Continue to rise slowly and exceed 14.5 metres during the

weekend. Maintain high flood levels during next week.

Baralaba: Renewed rises during next week but expected to be below

this week’s peak levels.

FITZROY RIVER:

Yaamba: Reach around 16 metres late Saturday with further rises.

Reach about 16.5 metres on Monday with possible further rises.

Rockhampton: Reach 9 metres on Monday with further rises.

Reach up to 9.4 metres by Wednesday.

Predictions of the peak will be updated when a peak has been recorded at

Riverslea.

 

Next Issue:

The next warning will be issued at about noon Saturday.

(River heights are constantly updated on the Bureau website.)

 

Latest River Heights:

Dawson R at Utopia Downs * 5.17m falling 05:20 AM SAT 01/01/11

Juandah Ck at Windamere * 1.82m falling 05:00 AM SAT 01/01/11

Dawson R at Taroom * 7.47m falling 05:00 AM SAT 01/01/11

Dawson R at Theodore NA

Dawson R at Baralaba 14.15m falling 06:00 AM SAT 01/01/11

Dawson R at Beckers * 17.35m falling 05:00 AM SAT 01/01/11

Dawson R at Knebworth * 16.94m falling 05:05 AM SAT 01/01/11

Comet R at Comet Weir * 12.39m falling 05:00 AM SAT 01/01/11

Nogoa R at Craigmore # 9.96m falling 06:07 AM SAT 01/01/11

Nogoa R at Fairbairn Dam HW * 4.94m falling 05:45 AM SAT 01/01/11

Nogoa R at Emerald # 15.75m falling 05:45 AM SAT 01/01/11

Theresa Ck at Gregory Highway # 7.57m falling 05:56 AM SAT 01/01/11

Mackenzie R at Bedford Weir TW # 21.38m rising 06:07 AM SAT 01/01/11

Connors R at Pink Lagoon * 12.42m steady 05:00 AM SAT 01/01/11

Isaac R at Yatton * 15.29m falling 05:00 AM SAT 01/01/11

Mackenzie R at Tartrus * 15.67m steady 06:30 AM SAT 01/01/11

Fitzroy R at Riverslea * 27.17m rising slowly 05:40 AM SAT 01/01/11

Fitzroy R at Rockhampton 8.4m rising slowly 06:07 AM SAT 01/01/11

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