Rockhampton bracing for worst flood event in over 60 years

Rockhampton has been through a lot in the past week, what with Tropical Cyclone Debbie leaving a path of destruction and now the subsequent flooding.

The Fitzroy River is expected to peak this week, taking it to its highest level in more than six decades.

The river is expected to reach the major flood level of 8.5 metres on Monday.


The Rockhampton Regional Council Local Disaster Management Group is advising that your home will be impacted.

They recommend staying with family or friends that live in an area that won’t be impacted by flood waters.

Visit and download the Emergency Action Guide for information regarding the actions residents should take to prepare for the likelihood of a flood.

Past flood data has indicated that predicted flooding will affect Port Curtis, Depot Hill and surrounds, Berserker, Koongal, Lakes Creek Road and areas close to the Fitzory River in Wandal, Park Avenue and Kawana.

The Local Disaster Coordination Centre is Active. 1300 652 629

Road Closures
Anticipated critical flood levels
Ridgelands Road Closed 8m
Capricorn Highway closed – Traffic will be redirected through Gavial-Gracemere Rd 8.5m
Gladstone Road – Traffic will be redirected through Upper Dawson Rd 8.5m
Rockhampton Airport closed 8.6m
Yeppen Crossing diversion – Traffic will be redirected over the new overpass. 8.8m

An evacuation centre set up at the Rockhampton Showgrounds will be open 24 hours a day throughout the week.

Only residents in the affected flood areas can access the help of the Evacuation Centre.

  • If you are preparing to stay at the Evacuation Centre, the following rules are in place:
  • Bring ID with your address on it.
  • Bring your own bedding with you.
  • No Pets allowed under any circumstance.
  • No alcohol allowed within the Evacuation Centre
    or the Showgrounds.
  • Please bring your medications and prescriptions.
  • Residents utilising the Evacuation Centre are asked to be mindful of others while at the centre.

The Fitzroy River is expected to reach 9.4 metres late on Wednesday.