Nervous wait for coming flood
ROCKHAMPTON continues to hold its breath, with the Fitzroy River still expected to reach eight metres at the Derby St flood marker late next week.
Mayor Brad Carter and other members of the Local Disaster Management Group met yesterday to review the forecast flood heights.
Cr Carter said while the Bureau of Meteorology had acknowledged the possibility of further rises, they were reasonably confident with their prediction of an eight-metre peak.
"While we are not expecting any more significant rainfall in the coming days, there is still some water that will enter the Fitzroy catchment from the north, south and west," he said.
"The Bureau expects to be able to provide a more accurate update on the predicated flood level on Sunday morning."
Cr Carter assured residents that based on current information, the Bruce Highway, Capricorn Highway and Rockhampton Airport were expected to remain open.
Cr Carter said nearly 1000 properties in the Rockhampton area could be inundated if levels were to go above the eight metre mark.
Council officers began a letter drop yesterday afternoon to affected properties, both in Rockhampton and rural areas.
Cr Carter said flood maps would also be made available at a number of public places, including tomorrow's election booths.
Sandbags are available from the Grace
mere Swimming Pool, the Rockhampton Showgrounds and the corner of Dean and Rodboro sts.
Cr Carter invited members of the community to assist in filling sandbags at the Showgrounds today from 3pm.
The LDMG will meet again tomorrow morning.
As of 4pm yesterday:
Duaringa-Apis Creek Rd at Mackenzie River
Dawson Hwy at Panorama Creek
Dawson Developmental Rd
Bundaberg-Miriam Vale Rd at Tableland Rd, Fingerboard Rd and Murrays Ck
Gregory Hwy at Theresa Ck
Baralaba-Woorabinda Rd at Dawson River
CRITICAL FLOOD LEVELS
Bruce Hwy south closed at 8.8m and 9.2m north
Ridgelands Rd closed at 8m
Capricorn Hwy closed at 8.5m
Rockhampton Airport closed at 8.6m
Yeppen Crossing closed at 8.8m