Barrage gates open yesterday as the Fitzroy River flows.
Barrage gates open yesterday as the Fitzroy River flows. CHRIS ISON CI

Floodwaters pour through barrage

THE flood gates are open at Rockhampton Barrage as western floodwaters make their way into the mighty Fitzroy River.

Yesterday afternoon, 12 of the 18 barrage gates were open to stage one (0.3 metres) after the storage filled to capacity on Tuesday.

Three gates were opened on Tuesday, two on Wednesday and a further seven by yesterday afternoon.

Bureau of Meteorology Rockhampton forecaster Mike Marrinan says there’s a steady flow in the Fitzroy, which is expected to continue to rise. But it will stay well below minor flood levels.

The Bureau’s website yesterday showed run-off from heavy rain in other areas of Central Queensland was flowing through from the Dawson and Mackenzie Rivers.

Water flowed over the Moura Weir yesterday, while water was 0.86m above the bridge at Riverslea about 2pm yesterday.

While it won’t affect the Fitzroy, moderate to major flooding is continuing to ease downstream from Longreach through to Jundah. Moderate to major flooding was late yesterday continuing along the lower Barcoo River between Glenlock and Retreat.

Major flooding continues on the Cooper Creek at Windorah. River levels are expected to remain high into next week as renewed floodwaters arrive from the Barcoo River within the next few days.



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