4 things you need to know about Rocky's floods right now
THE clean-up has begun and life is slowly, but surely getting back to normal in Rockhampton.
Today, Rockhampton Regional mayor Margaret Strelow had vital updates on infrastructure, roads and the mud army.
The Bruce Highway
IT WAS announced this afternoon Lower Dawson Road and Gladstone Road were back in action after being closed for almost a week.
Traffic flow is back to two lanes on the Yeppen Crossing and the Capricorn Highway to Gracemere has also reopened.
THE Rockhampton Airport is predicted to be open late next week with engineers currently inspecting the vital infrastructure.
When the flood was set to peak at 9m it was believed the airport would stay closed for weeks, but a revised level will see flights taking off sooner expected.
"The airport has engineers there today and the engineers will do an assessment of the tarmac," Cr Strelow said.
"Because of the weight of planes of course we have to consider the subsurface under the runway and make sure that it is dried off sufficiently to take the weight.
"They're not able to assess the main runway today, so that will be tomorrow and we're still looking for a roughly end of the week reopening."
Flood rubbish collection
Council will be picking up flood affected rubbish free for some residents starting next week.
"A bulk waste collection service will then begin from Wednesday for those properties that were impacted and had water inundation during the past week, with SES assisting residents to put those items on the verge in front of their property," Cr Strelow said.
"Council provided a free waste disposal weekend for all residents at the Lakes Creek and Gracemere dumps in the lead up to the flood event to help residents prepare but we know some properties will of course have damaged items that need to be disposed of."
The mud army
A 140 strong crew are out in teams hosing dirt and mud off from under houses and roads.
"As the water goes down, we're pretty much right behind it," Cr Strelow said.
"If anyone is feeling their waiting a bit to long to get there please call in to the Disaster Centre because we know it's important to get the mud down while it's wet.
"We'll be doing the main bulk of the clean up while the water recedes so over the next couple of days."
Cr Strelow urged people to help each other where they could during the clean-up.
The Rockhampton Regional Council Local Disaster Coordination Centre can be reached on 1300 652 659.