12 Jan 2011

Water levels slowly dropping in Rockhamption

12:01 pm on 12 January 2011

Water levels continue to slowly fall in Rockhampton in central Queensland.

But the airport and highways to the south and west are expected to remain closed for a few more days.

The ABC reports the Fitzroy River has dropped to 8.9 metres after peaking a week ago at 9.2 metres.

The closure of sections of highways by flooding in the state's south-east has put more pressure on supermarket supplies in Rockhampton.

Rockhampton Mayor Brad Carter says he is looking at other options.

"We have got a request in to see whether we can get access to a Hercules aircraft to bring some of those into either Shoalwater Bay or into Mackay and then bring them down into Rockhampton," he said.

"Even yesterday (Tuesday), getting supplies from a supplier in Brisbane to an airport anywhere was just not possible," he said, "and we're not sure that it's possible today."