Flood waters cover the Sandy Creek culvert upgrade on the Longreach-Muttaburra Road at Longreach, west of Rockhampton.
Flood waters cover the Sandy Creek culvert upgrade on the Longreach-Muttaburra Road at Longreach, west of Rockhampton. Louisa Lanyon

Fitzroy tide goes out as CQ floods

AS parts of Central Queensland were flooded yesterday, tidal reaches of the Fitzroy River were near their lowest levels for the past year.

Large tidal variations in recent days have given Rockhampton residents a different perspective of the mighty Fitzroy River.

In Queensland’s central west storms rolled through the region yesterday, added to the risk of flooding in western rivers.

Heavy rain near Longreach late last week, along with more than 100mm in the town since December 31, lifted the Thomson River at Longreach to a peak of four metres on Sunday night.

Flood levels were falling yesterday.

Bureau of Meteorology senior hydrologist James Stuart said the peak was well below the 4.3 metres predicted and not high enough to damage homes.

He said moderate to major flooding in the Thomson River was expected to extend downstream to Bogewong, Stonehenge and Jundah this week.

Major flooding was occurring yesterday in the Barcoo River at Wahroongha and was expected to reach Glenlock in the next day.

Flood warnings were current for the Thomson, Barcoo and Landsborough rivers late yesterday.

Windorah, south-west of Longreach, is expected to bear the brunt of floodwaters later in the week.

Meanwhile, Bureau of Meteorology Rockhampton weather forecaster Mike Marrinan said minor flooding was easing at Taroom on the Dawson River.

There would be no significant impact on the Fitzroy River and it was yesterday unclear whether the barrage gates would open.

Keep up-to-date with the latest weather information for the region.



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