Caught in floods but still safe

FORMER Ipswich resident Neil Smith has been caught either side of the rising Rockhampton floodwaters.

The boilermaker works at a mine in the Blackwater region but lives in Rockhampton.

He managed to get into Rockhampton for Christmas with his family after waiting for the Capricorn Highway to open, but has now been flown back to Blackwater as the road is closed again.

“I just got out,” Mr Smith said. “We flew out Friday and the airport was closed Saturday.

“Others have had to flown out of the Hedlow airport at Yeppoon.

“There is a lot of water. From the air, we could see several homesteads isolated. They were just surrounded by water.”

While his North Rockhampton home is not in a flooded area, he said he and his wife Linda were “amazed by how high the river comes up”.

“Linda is taking pictures and notes the height of the river,” he said.

“We made sure we bought a home out of the flood zone.

“I can't wait to get home and look at the pictures.”

Mr Smith said Rockhampton residents had been urged not to “panic buy”.

“The road to the north is open which is good as a few servos had run out of petrol,” he said.

“They are now getting petrol in.

“There will just be a massive clean-up to do.”



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