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Mixed fortunes as rain pours

Wednesday, 23rd November, 2011

WELCOME RAIN: Tibooburra received a big downpour on Monday night which continued into yesterday. WELCOME RAIN: Tibooburra received a big downpour on Monday night which continued into yesterday.

By Emily Roberts

The rain has caused some trouble this week with closed roads and people being stranded in the bush.

But it’s not all bad news; Grant Reicke from Bollard’s Lagoon, west of Cameron’s Corner, said the downpour saved his property.

Almost 75 per cent of the station was damaged by two bushfires started by lightning in September and October. It lost 200,000 hectares worth of feed in five days.

Mr Reicke said in October that he needed rain or he would have to move or sell his stock.

But on Monday night, Mr Reicke’s property received 73 millimetres of rain.

“The rain has saved the day. It rained yesterday and overnight until 11am this morning (Tuesday),” he said yesterday.

Mr Reicke said it meant they won’t now have to move stock.

“We’re pretty right now. We very happy with what we’ve got; we would never knock back rain,” he said.

“We are just sitting back, enjoying the rain.”

Another property, Theldarpa Station via Milparinka, got 71mm which gave the owners some trouble.

Sarah Sandow said her family couldn’t get onto the main road.

“We have a big creek near us. It’s flowing quite wide and we can’t get out to the main road.

“The creek goes down quite quickly but everything will be wet for a couple of days. It’s not a crisis, we have enough food. It’s quite exciting, we like it when it rains.”

Tibooburra also got its fair share, receiving 56.8mm to 9am yesterday.

According to the Weather Channel’s Dick Whitaker, this was the heaviest rainfall in four months.

“This total is five times the average for November,” Mr Whitaker said.

It was also the most rain Tibooburra received since November 2010.

Mavis Jackson, owner of TJ’s Outback Trading, said it had been “continuous and quite heavy”.

“We are completely isolated, every road is closed. There is no chance of moving for at least 24 hours,” she said.

“It is great to see water everywhere and most people are happy enough. It is a bit disappointing as most of the people stranded here are working crews.”

Tibooburra received 85.8mm over the two days and Ms Jackson said the monthly total was 128mm.

Broken Hill received 0.4mm until 9am yesterday and November has been the wettest month since March, according to Mr Whitaker.

The city has received 34.4mm this month.

“The average rainfall for the month is 20.7 millimetres, so it is somewhat above average,” Mr Whitaker said.

“There is a low pressure trough which has become active causing a lot of rain and thunderstorms.

“It is expected to clear in Broken Hill on Wednesday and Thursday with further light showers on Friday.”

A number of roads were closed yesterday including the Silver City Highway and Mutawinji Road.

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