Warning: stay out of water as debris washes up on beaches
BEACHES were closed on Sunday, as debris started to wash up on beaches across the Capricorn Coast, causing health concerns.
Residents were advised to avoid recreational activities in the region's waterways until the recent current flood event has eased and the water returned to its usual colour.
The warning was issued to avoid becoming various illnesses that could arise.
Recent heavy rainfall has occurred at the Capricorn Coast and surrounding region.
This resulted in storm water being discharged directly into waterways rivers,and creeks and the ocean.
A Rockhampton Regional Council spokeswoman said following the flood event in the Fitzroy River, waters could carry microbial, chemical and physical/solid contaminants into the waterways.
"This will result in a reduction in water quality in our local waterways, such as beaches and rivers," she said.
"The flows in the Fitzroy River carry a lot of material, including live and dead animals, decomposing vegetation, domestic waste and physical debris.
Some of this is making its way up to our waters and onto our beaches.
"The beach water is a brown colour from the flood water.
So it is a sound assumption that the water could be carrying contaminated material.
"The Coast community was members were also warned there was also quite a lot of solid matter in the water.
The spokeswoman said this included bottles, plastic bags and pieces of timber.
Council spokeswomanThe water could be carrying contaminated material.