Rocky flood near peak at 9.2m
10.30am: The Fitzroy River flood in Rockhampton is expected to peak today and at 10am was holding steady at 9.2 metres.
Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Brad Carter said the community was prepared and ready for the expected peak today.
"I’m pleased we had warning that this flood was coming as it’s given the Rockhampton community time to prepare, and currently we’re in good shape to see the flood peak occur today," Cr Carter, the Local Disaster Management Group Chair, said this morning after a series of live early morning television interviews.
"Our food and fuel supplies are being re-stocked appropriately and fuel has recently been topped up over night to some of the major fuel suppliers in the Region.
"Our waste services are also running on a fairly normal service level, with only those who are inundated with flood waters not receiving their weekly service.
"And on top of all of that our drinking water supply has not been affected and our sewerage treatment plants are secure," he said.
The LDMG have also advised that the planning for the recovery phase has commenced and road crews have been mobilised to start assessing the damage – although it’s important to note that the full extent of the damage to the Region’s roads and infrastructure won’t be known until the water recedes.
As of 7am this morning, 122 people were registered in the Evacuation Centre located at CQ University and Police completed a door knock of the Park Avenue, Lakes Creek, Nerimbra and Glenmore areas yesterday.
"The general response that was received was that of high spirits and dealing well with the situation and I’m also pleased to report that the Evacuation Centre is running well," Cr Carter said.
However it is also important to note that the river height is predicted to stay at approximately 8.5m for up to 10 days.
Residents are advised that they will not be able to return to their homes until after the water level recedes.
6.45am: The Fitzroy River at Rockhampton was 9.2 metres at 5am Wednesday, steady and nearing its peak which is expected to last for at least 36 hours.
Further small rises above 9.2 metres are expected during today.
Flood levels will remain above the major flood level of 8.5 metres for 1 week after the peak.
CONNORS/ISAAC RIVER SYSTEM:
Moderate flooding will continue to ease on the Isaac River at Yatton.
Major flooding will continue to ease along the Comet River during this week.
Major flooding is occurring along the Mackenzie River, where the main flood peak is now downstream of Tartrus. Levels will fall gradually between the Comet confluence and Tartrus.
Major flooding is easing between Theodore through to Knebworth including the towns of Moura and Baralaba. Flood levels are expected to continue falling.
The Fitzroy River at Riverslea continues to fall. At 5am Wednesday, the river was at 26.57 metres with major flooding. Levels at Riverslea are expected to fall very slowly during this week.
At Yaamba, flood levels currently remain steady; at 6pm Tuesday the river level was 16.55 metres and steady. Flood levels are expected to start falling today.
Rockhampton river levels are expected to remain above 8.5 metres (major) for 1 week after the peak.
Predicted River Heights/Flows:
DAWSON RIVER at: Theodore: Major flood levels will fall slowly through this week but remain above 12 metres until the weekend.
Moura: Major flood levels will fall slowly through this week. Baralaba: Major flood levels will fall but remain above major flood level (9 metres) until the weekend.
FITZROY RIVER at: Yaamba: Remain around the major flood level of 16.55 metres but is expected to start falling during today. River levels to remain high for several days.
Rockhampton: Further small rises above 9.2 metres are expected during today. and remaining above 8.5 metres for 1 week after the peak which is expected to last for at least 36 hours.
Next Issue: The next warning will be issued at about noon Wednesday.
Latest River Heights:
Dawson R at Taroom * 3.63m steady 04:00 AM WED 05/01/11
Dawson R at Theodore 13.7m falling slowly 03:00 PM TUE 04/01/11
Dawson R at Baralaba 13.95 falling slowly 09:00 PM TUE 04/01/11
Dawson R at Beckers * 16.86m falling 02:00 AM WED 05/01/11
Dawson R at Knebworth * 16.28m falling 05:10 AM WED 05/01/11
Comet R at Comet Weir * 10.19m falling 04:00 AM WED 05/01/11
Nogoa R at Fairbairn Dam HW * 2.04m falling 05:10 AM WED 05/01/11
Nogoa R at Emerald # 11.6m falling 05:14 AM WED 05/01/11
Mackenzie R at Bedford Weir TW # 19.61m falling 05:25 AM WED 05/01/11
Mackenzie R at Bingegand Weir HW # 9.98m falling 05:35 AM WED 05/01/11
Connors R at Pink Lagoon * 7.39m falling 04:00 AM WED 05/01/11
Isaac R at Yatton * 10.48m falling 04:00 AM WED 05/01/11
Mackenzie R at Tartrus * 15.77m falling 05:45 AM TUE 04/01/11
Fitzroy R at Riverslea * 26.59m rising 04:00 AM WED 05/01/11
Fitzroy R at Rockhampton 9.2m steady 05:00 AM WED 05/01/11