UPDATE 3PM: CITY Slider organisers have issued an apology for the cancellation of Rockhampton water slide fun following a freak incident this morning.
In a statement on Facebook, City Slider said after a fantastic session this morning, they were unfortunately hit by a freak gust of wind that was not predicted by the Bureau of Meteorology.
"The City Slider has a fantastic record of professional and safe events and therefore we have made the difficult decision to cancel todays event as we cannot be certain there will not be another similar gust," the statement said.
"All ticket holders will be contacted in the coming days with updates and information.
"We are extremely disappointed with this outcome as everyone was having such a great day however safety is always our number one priority.
"We apologise for this outcome however the circumstances were out of our control and we hope people will bear with us as we work with council to assess our options."
UPDATE 12.45PM: ROCKHAMPTON Mayor Margaret Strelow has confirmed the City Slider has been forced to cancel any further water sliding today.
Cr Strelow said a massive, rogue gust of wind lifted up the slide, along with cement blocks weighing up to 300kg and electrical equipment and it was unsafe to continue today.
Wind gusts of up to 43km/h have been recorded in Rockhampton today according to Bureau of Meteorology observations.
"No one was on the slide at the time as it was on a break between sessions so as far as we know no-one was injured," Cr Strelow said.
"From a workplace heath and safety standpoint they have had to cancel today. They just can't get everything tested for safety today.
"We are very disappointed but they are committed to coming back. They understand our community has faith in them.
"It's incredibly disappointing because it was going so well. We can't blame this one them, they did all the checks. It was a rouge gust of wind."
Cr Strelow said anyone who bought a ticket and missed out would be refunded.
"Anyone who bought a ticket today can go down to the event and get a refund," she said.
"Anyone who bought a ticket before today online, will be emailed and can get a refund."
UPDATE 12.30PM: WIND gusts of up to 43km/h have been recorded in Rockhampton today according to Bureau of Meteorology observations.
These gusts may well have contributed to issues suffered by the much anticipated City Slider attraction on Albert St earlier today.
The water slide had to be deflated and flipped after wind lifted up a section and flipped it over.
Crews are working to get the attraction back up and running and are checking the slide for safety hazards.
Reports indicate the 11am sliding session was cancelled.
It is yet unknown whether the 1pm session will go ahead.
More to come.
EARLIER: CROWDS of eager water-sliders are waiting patiently to see if the City Slider will continue to go ahead today after an unavoidable incident.
The slide had to be stopped at about 11am and crowds were asked to move from Albert St and into Western St while crews worked to remedy the issue.
City Slider director and co-founder Stuart Harris confirmed the incident.
"A big gust of wind came out of no-where and lifted up the slide," Mr Harris said.
"Weather conditions were only meant to see 20km/hr winds today. It just came out of nowhere.
"The slide curled up to one side and we are folding it in half at the moment to make sure it's safe and then we will decided whether to keep it going, cancel or reschedule it."
The reputable City Slider is a different slide to the ones which had water issues and break downs with no refunds offered in Gladstone and Yeppoon recently.
Mr Harris said there were no water issues with the slide at all.
Mr Harris said regardless of whether the slide can continue today, there would be considerable delays.
"We will push the sessions back," he said.
Reports on social media from sliders at the scene indicate a 1-2 hours delay.
Refunds have also reportedly been offered.
Despite the current delays, the water slide action got off to a fantastic start this morning.
In a statement of social media, Rockhampton Regional Mayor Margaret Strelow said the weather was perfect and sliders were having a great time.
Cr Strelow even tested out the slide for herself.
"So I did the big slide! So much fun," Cr Stelow said.
Sliders are urged to be patient, as safety is paramount.
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