Record rain leaves station isolated

Thursday, 13th January, 2011

A view from the top of the Eldee Station shearer’s quarters show the Eldee Creek swelled by Tuesday’s rainfall. Photo by Matthew Schmidt A view from the top of the Eldee Station shearer’s quarters show the Eldee Creek swelled by Tuesday’s rainfall. Photo by Matthew Schmidt

More than 120 millimetres of rain fell on Eldee Station on Tuesday, and the owners say that's unprecedented.

Eldee Station is about 50 kilometres northwest of Broken Hill on the Wilangee Road, the other side of Silverton.

Naomi Schmidt lives there with her husband Stephen and her sons Matthew (17) and William (19).

She said the property received 480 points of rain - which is 120 milimetres, or almost five inches - in five hours or so.

The day's last major thunderstorm, which struck about 2pm, dumped 170 points - or 44mm - in less than an hour.

Mrs Schmidt said early checks had revealed extensive damage to fences and possibly dams. 

"We still can't get right out there to look at everything," she said yesterday.

"We've never had rain like that. Stephen has lived here all his life and he said he's never seen the creek as big as it was yesterday, not even back in 1974."

The family is isolated for the time being as the surrounding roads are closed. 

Mrs Schmidt said the family was stocked up on supplies and were not in danger.