AN expected flood peak of 8.5m in Rockhampton is being described as "business as usual" by the head of a local disaster planning group.The swollen and crocodile infested Fitzroy River reached 8.3 metres at 3.30pm, shortly after Queensland Premier Campbell Newman held a media conference near a river marking.
The weather bureau expects the water level to hit the 8.5m mark by tonight but this level is well shy of the 9.2m level reached at the height of the 2011 floods.
Tony Williams, chairman of the Local Disaster Management Group, said that most Rockhampton homes, which are built on stilts, would withstand this flood peak.
"This one will be business as usual," he said yesterday.
"We're seeing 8.5 as relatively comfortable - there shouldn't be too many houses that go (wet) under the floorboards."
Mr Williams, who is also the deputy mayor of Rockhampton Regional Council, said that unlike 2011, Rockhampton residents would be able to clean up from the floods relatively quickly this time.
"The 2011 event was a rather significant event and a lot more properties were impacted," he said.
Following ex-tropical cyclone Oswald, council estimates 580 properties have about half a metre of water in the backyard, but figures have not been compiled for homes with water above the floorboards.
The Callaghan Park Racecourse, on the northern side of the river, is flooded, however horses were evacuated before the heavy rains arrived.
Nearby soccer fields are also inundated.
If water levels exceed 8.5m this time, houses on lower-lying blocks are more likely to be affected first, Mr Williams said.
Authorities are keeping a particular watch over Berserker, Depot Hill, Port Curtis and Nerimbera.