500 Rocky homes could flood

UP to 500 houses are at risk of flooding in Rockhampton, with the regional council urging residents to prepare for a Fitzroy River flood of  8.5 metres.

Mayor Brad Carter said that with recent local heavy rainfall and in the Central Highlands, the Fitzroy River was currently at 7.9m and rising.

He said it was expected to reach the 8.5m mark by the end of the weekend with a peak expected on Tuesday.

He said: “Given the predicated 8.5m level, we urge residents to prepare for self evacuation to friends living in higher areas, and don’t forget to take your pets and medications with you.

“River levels will stay high around the 8m mark for an extended time so make sure your properties are prepared and help out your neighbours.”

The Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) which was activated yesterday met this morning at 8am to continue preparing the community for flash flooding and a significant Fitzroy River flood.

If the flooding reaches 8 metres, the North and South Rockhampton treatment plants will be inaccessible, while at 8.2 metres, the Capricorn Highway between Rockhampton and Gracemere will be cut, as well as Gladstone Road.

If the flooding reaches 8.5 metres, the Rockhampton Airport runways and carparks may be inundated, as well as the railway yards and line and Lakes Creek Road and landfill, while the Yeppen Bridge will be underwater if flooding levels reach 8.95 metres.



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