Fitzroy 6.3m in Rocky and rising

5pm: The Fitzroy River level is 6.3 metres and rising as authorities urge Rockhampton residents to prepare for moderate flooding.

The Bureau of Meteorology expects the river to reach a moderate flood level of 7.8 metres in the city by early next week.

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) today urged residents to prepare their properties against the threat

of flood in light of recent heavy downpours.

EMQ Regional Director for Central Region, Robbie Medlin said preparation was key and would help ensure residents were well protected.

"With the level of rain we’ve experienced, the Fitzroy River is expected to peak early next week, so there is still time for people to prepare themselves and their properties," Mr Medlin said.

"All residents should ensure their household emergency and evacuation kits are up-to-date and well stocked and all members of the family know where they are located.

"With the unpredictable weather we’re experiencing residents can’t afford to take any chances. We’ve seen how damaging flood events in the Central Highlands can be. Rockhampton residents need to get in now and prepare their properties," Mr Medlin said.

"Practical steps rural residents can take include relocating livestock to higher ground, and ensuring they have fodder stock piles to sustain them if they become isolated due to flooding.

"Rural property owners should also make sure they’ve got enough fuel for generators, machinery and vehicles as this is an important, yet often overlooked preparation measure."

"It also pays to touch base with the local post office and other suppliers to discuss delivery of mail and stock if rural properties become isolated.

"Rural residents should also ensure their households are stocked with sufficient foods and medicine to sustain them for a least a fortnight in the event of serious inundation.

"Whether residents are out on stations or in town, it’s important not to panic and go out and buy the whole shop, but to be realistic and ensure your family won’t run out of supplies they will need.

Mr Medlin reinforced the preparation message by urging locals to ensure their properties were safeguarded as well as ensuring their neighbours are well prepared.

"If you don’t know your neighbours, now is the time to say a quick hello and offer assistance. Whether it’s helping to secure loose items around their homes or perhaps even offering refuge during a severe weather event, there are many things residents can do to build resilience in their community," Mr Medlin said.

"Communities who look out for one another often come through these hard times better than those that don’t. Rockhampton residents have a rich history of rallying together to help one another out and we know just how important this sentiment is during times of adverse weather.


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