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Fitzroy falls to minor flood level

By Paul Robinson, Wednesday February 6, 2013 - 11:09 EDT

It is almost business as usual in the central Queensland city of Rockhampton as the Fitzroy River continues to fall.

The river in Rockhampton has finally dropped below the minor flood level.

Hundreds of residents are cleaning up foul-smelling mud from their yards after they were inundated at the weekend.

Flash flooding also struck dozens of towns just before Australia Day.

John Peacock from the town of Goovigen, south of Rockhampton, says it will take many farmers years to recover.

"Massive repairs to be done here and there'll be a lot of cost," he said.

"People who have lost all of their top soil 18 months or two years before they get any type of financial income."

Peter Wilkie from the Goovigen pub says two weeks after the flood they still do not have telephones.

"No EFTPOS and got a lot of IOUs," he said.

Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow has enlisted a mud army for a community clean-up in the city on Saturday.


© ABC 2013

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