Rockhampton residents must act now: RACQ

RACQ has warned Rockhampton residents to act now to prepare their homes and families ahead of the expected peak of the Fitzroy River on Thursday.

RACQ spokesperson Renee Smith said locals could not afford to be complacent and should take warnings seriously.

“Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie dumped a lot of rain in Central Queensland, and we know much of this water is flowing down towards Rockhampton,” Ms Smith said.

“Experts are predicting waters could peak as high as nine metres.

“We have the benefit of advanced warning so residents should use every minute wisely to make sure they’re prepared.”

RACQ suggested residents check with their local council to see if they were in a flood zone.

“If you’re at risk of flooding, you must act now to protect yourself,” Ms Smith said.

RACQ advised Rockhampton homeowners at risk of flooding to:

  • Move any vehicles, outdoor equipment, chemicals or poisons to high ground
  • Sandbag indoor drains to prevent back-flow
  • Place a plastic sandbag in the toilet bowl to avoid sewage back-flow
  • Move items inside your home to an alternative location or raise them to an appropriate height within your home
  • Protect valuable items which can be damaged by water. For example, identification documents such as birth certificates and passports
  • Turn off your mains supply – water, gas and electricity
  • If evacuating, be sure to securely lock your doors and windows
  • Always take your pets with you when you evacuate
  • If evacuating, do not attempt to drive, walk, swim or ride through floodwater.

RACQ assured its insurance members they were covered for damage caused by flood.