Queensland regions begin clean-up
TWO previous epicentres of the state’s flood crisis, Rockhampton and Emerald, have moved into recovery mode.
Floodwaters were slowly subsiding in Rockhampton where the Fitzroy River had fallen to 8.9m, down from a peak of 9.2m last Wednesday.
About 160 people were still in the city’s evacuation centre. Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor Brad Carter said the water was expected to drop to 8.5m at the weekend.
However, he said the long and anxious wait for floodwaters to dissipate was affecting residents.
Floodwaters had receded in Emerald but 50 people remained in the town’s evacuation centre. Mayor Peter Maguire said the clean up would take months.