It makes a great picture. A visitor captures the scene for posterity yesterday as the river continues its steady rise to an expected peak of 7.3 metres early tomorrow.
It makes a great picture. A visitor captures the scene for posterity yesterday as the river continues its steady rise to an expected peak of 7.3 metres early tomorrow. Chris Ison

Waiting for the peak

MORE than 100 Rockhampton homes and business earned a reprieve and will not have their power cut this weekend.

Ergon Energy acted yesterday to end confusion over possible disconnections because of rising floodwaters.

Corporate communications manager Bob Pleash said with the Fitzroy now expected to peak at 7.3 metres or slightly less early on Saturday, it would not be necessary to cut power to any properties in Depot Hill, Kawana or Port Curtis.

With the slowly rising waters lapping at his shoes in the Callaghan Park car park yesterday morning, Mayor Brad Carter said he was hopeful that the river would not rise as much as the official Bureau of Meteorology prediction and hinted there was cause for optimism because the river had not reached 20 metres at Riverslea.

"Where I'm standing will be wet soon and the lowest parts of the racetrack will be under water by the end of tomorrow," he said.

But there was obvious relief in his voice that the city was likely to avoid any significant disruption this time around.

"I can't think of a disaster where we have been so well prepared.

"The bureau advice remains at 7.3 metres but there is a hope it will be a little lower," he said.

"We've had relevant agencies working together in the Local Disaster Management Group for the past week and are well prepared for this peak."

The prediction is that the river would start to recede early next week.

Responding to a question about any possible future flood prevention measures for the race track he said he did not favour a levy.

"It's a vast river system and a levy here would cause problems elsewhere. I think that if we have to cancel the occasional race meeting, that's not a huge price to pay," he said.

Fitzroy River Water staff was yesterday installing plugs into gully traps in low-lying properties.

Cr Greg Belz said it was to protect public health. The plugs will prevent grey water from showers, washing machines and sinks flowing into the sewerage drain. Toilets should continue to work as normal.

A maximum of 155 properties will be affected.

 

FLOOD LATEST

  • Prediction of a 7.3-metre peak early Saturday morning.
  • River was at 6.3 metres yesterday morning.
  • Reprieve for 109 properties previously earmarked to have power cut.
  • River peaked at 19.88 metres at Riverslea and was falling yesterday.


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