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FLOOD LATEST: BOM revise and reduce Rockhampton flood height

SES and QFES staff check the latest flood height as the Fitzroy River continues to rise.
SES and QFES staff check the latest flood height as the Fitzroy River continues to rise. Melanie Plane

LATEST 8AM MONDAY: THE BUREAU of Meteorology have revised the peak height of the Fitzroy River flood to 9m. 

Just before 8am, the BoM said based on the river levels being recorded at Riverslea, the prediction for Rockhampton was updated. 

" A major flood peak of 9.00 metres is likely at Rockhampton during Wednesday. This flood level is just under the 2011 flood peak," forecasters said. 

"The main flood peak in the Fitzroy system is now in the Riverslea area and very near a peak."

The Fitzroy River had reached 26.24m at Riverslea as at 7.40am. 

EARLIER: CROWDS are gathering on the slowly disappearing banks of the Fitzroy River this morning to watch flood waters rush past the CBD and check the city's flood marker.

As at 6.30am, the flood marker shows the Fitzroy River at Rockhampton has reached 6.4m and climbing resulting in inundation at the bottom end of Quay St and the closure of the Quay St boat ramp.

 

Flood water begins to creep towards Quay St at the boat ramp.
Flood water begins to creep towards Quay St at the boat ramp. Melanie Plane

With the Fitzroy expected to peak at Riverslea today, Bureau of Meteorology hydrologists are closely monitoring the situation and will soon be able to confirm just how high the river will rise in Rockhampton.

As at 5.40am, Riverslea had reached 26.12m.

With a predicted flood of 9.4m or higher in Rockhampton, residents yesterday prepared for the worst with large increases in traffic at the Lakes Creek and Gracemere dumps.

 

Flood water has cut off access to the lower end of Quay St.
Flood water has cut off access to the lower end of Quay St. Melanie Plane

Rockhampton Regional Council thanked all residents that took advantage of free waste disposal services at the two locations.

RRC opened the facilities for free to the public during Saturday and Sunday and both facilities recorded large increases in the number of loads. Council will reassess this service once the event passes and we move into the recovery phase.

Waste Transfer stations and the landfill are expected to remain open during the event. The bin station at Laurel Bank is expected to be affected by flood water and will close this morning so that waste can be moved to the Lakes Creek landfill.

 

The flood marker in the Rockhampton CBD shows the Fitzroy River has reached 6.4m.
The flood marker in the Rockhampton CBD shows the Fitzroy River has reached 6.4m. Melanie Plane

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