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Big drop provides no relief

Tuesday, 13th January, 2015

It was the first time two-year-old Lester Andrews, pictured playing at Farmcote Station with his family’s pet Bloodhound Leroy, had ever seen heavy downpours. It was the first time two-year-old Lester Andrews, pictured playing at Farmcote Station with his family’s pet Bloodhound Leroy, had ever seen heavy downpours.

By Erica Visser

The weekend’s downpour may have offered some relief from the hot start to 2015, but it did little to revive local water storages.

Essential Water said yesterday that there were minimal intakes to local water storages. 

“Despite the rain being generally good, we only saw small intakes into local storages,” said General Manager Far West and Water Operations Guy Chick.

“Around 58 megalitres was captured across all three reservoirs, representing around three to four days of summer treated water consumption.”

Umberumberka received 20mm or a minimal 1 megalitre, Stephens Creek received 50mm or approximately 10 megalitres and Imperial Lake received 550mm or approximately 47 megalitres.

Meanwhile, many stations across the district experienced good rainfall, with one even receiving 200mm.

Farmcote Station owner Kristy Andrews said the property, located 30 kilometres from Broken Hill on the Menindee Road, received 41.5mm of rain at the weekend.

Mrs Andrews welcomed the downpour, despite it preventing her from leaving the house yesterday.

“I’m rained in but I’ll be able to get out tomorrow,” she said.

“We didn’t get as much rain as everybody else. It’s up to around seven inches at Packsaddle.

“But it’s good rain for growing the feed.”

Mrs Andrews’ children, Emmy (5) and Lester (2) and pet Bloodhound Leroy also enjoyed the rare event.

“Lester really hasn’t ever seen rain like that before. They had a lot of fun playing in it.”

Manager of the Tibooburra Hotel Rocky Robertson said the northern region received two inches of rain with a chance of more on the way.

“It’s been pretty widespread but still patchy with some places missing out,” she said.

“It’s very humid. It’s doesn’t look like rain but it is forecast to come on again.”

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