Cyclone Debbie Rockhampton Floods

Monday 3 April, 2017 | By: James Flaherty

Following on from Cyclone Debbie, CCIQ urges all businesses in the Rockhampton region to follow the directions from authorities and evacuate if they have been advised to do so.

Current situation
  • Rockhampton is preparing for major flooding, with the Fitzroy River expected to peak at 9 metres (revised down from 9.4 metres) on Wednesday night at 9pm. This is just short of the 2011 flood levels (9.2m).
  • It is likely to reach major flood levels by Tuesday afternoon, at around 8.5m, although it could potentially be higher.
  • Flooding is threatening around 5,000 properties (includes roughly 1,500 businesses, 3,000 houses). Number to be inundated is lower, with about 400 homes expected to have water over the floorboards (number of businesses unknown).
  • The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have deployed extra crew and 13 extra flood boats to the area.
  • 7,848 businesses in Rockhampton (2015)
  • Up to 2,000 jobs are predicted to be affected as workers are sent home for the week. About 600 of those are at Hastings Deering alone.
  • Construction industry has the largest number of total registered businesses in the council area (1,538 businesses – 19.6% of businesses in Rockhampton) employing about 4,400 people, which will hopefully assist in a speedier recovery process.
  • Second highest business count in the agriculture industry (1,138 businesses – 14.5% of businesses in Rockhampton); “Beef capital of Australia”
  • The largest employer in Rockhampton, Tey’s Australia, has closed its meat works plant until at least the end of the week but may go beyond then.
Rockhampton Airport
  • The airport will close today (Monday) at midday although people should contact their airlines as some flights were suspended yesterday.
Port Alma Shipping Terminal
  • Maritime Safety Queensland has closed Port Alma and will reopen once flood waters recede and checks have been made to ensure all channels and berths are free from debris and damage.
  • Last year Port Alma Shipping Terminal handled 227,268 tonnes of cargo, with over 60 vessels passing through the Port.
Bruce Highway
  • Access is expected to remain open to the north and south of the city along the Bruce Highway.

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