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City isolated by flood

The last link between the city of Rockhampton and the rest of Queensland has been cut by flood waters.

The Fitzroy River continues to rise, and is not expected to stop swelling until tomorrow. Water has started flowing into the city’s CBD.

Red Cross spokesman Greg Gobel is calling it the biggest flood in living memory.

He says the only way to get food into the city and other isolated towns is by military helicopter.

Fruit growers in flood-affected towns are facing the possibility of millions of dollars of losses as they struggle to find a way to get their produce to southern markets.

Around $4 million worth of pineapples are stranded in the Rockhampton area while $500,000 worth of lychees and a similar amount in mangoes are also awaiting urgent distribution.

– NewstalkZB

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