Rockhampton: Australian city braces for floods to peak


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About 300 buildings in Rockhampton are expected to be flooded

Hundreds of homes and businesses in an Australian city will be inundated when a river reaches its flood peak on Thursday, authorities say.

The Fitzroy River in Rockhampton, in central Queensland, is predicted to rise to 9m (30ft).

It comes nine days after Cyclone Debbie made landfall in northern Queensland, causing floods along a 1,200km (745 miles) stretch of coast.

Authorities described the threat to Rockhampton as a major flood event.

“This body of water is incredible,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“It has to go out somewhere and it’s coming through the Fitzroy.”

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Floods have forced the closure of Rockhampton Airport

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The Fitzroy River in Rockhampton continues to rise

The river is expected to remain at 9m until the weekend, flooding about 300 homes and businesses.

Despite temporary levees being installed, floodwaters have already hit many buildings and forced roads and an airport to…

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