Travellers told: Stay out of Rocky
10.30am: TRAVELLERS are being warned to stay out of the Rockhampton region as increasing river levels are set to force the closure of the Rockhampton Airport and National Highways to the west and south this afternoon.
With the Fitzroy River currently at 8.5m and expected to reach 9m in a major flood by Sunday with levels rising to 9.4m by Wednesday and more rain predicted, the Local Disaster Management Group (LDMG) is urging visitors to stay out of the region as the city's major routes will soon be cut off.
Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor and LDMG Chair Cr Brad Carter said this morning that as the main transport routes to the city were being cut, it was important for visitors to stay out of the city.
"We’re encouraging tourists and visitors to stay at neighbouring cities such as Gladstone and Mackay and not travel to Rockhampton as the city will be cut off for up to 2 weeks with the closure of the airport and highways to the south and west this afternoon (Saturday), Cr Carter said.
"It’s also important for residents or visitors who may have parked their cars at the Rockhampton Airport car park to
move it as soon as possible as the airport car parks will be subject to flooding very shortly.
"All cars that are still parked in the car park today will be towed to the Rockhampton Showgrounds for safekeeping, but we are requesting help from friends or family who may be able to move their loved ones cars voluntarily," he said.