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Rain lifts spirits

Friday, 22nd January, 2016

Chloe Riley got caught in the rain in Argent Street while running errands for her work yesterday. Chloe Riley got caught in the rain in Argent Street while running errands for her work yesterday.

Tibooburra did the best out of the rain, with almost 20 millimetres recorded in the township.

A big storm looked ready to settle in yesterday in Broken Hill but it only lasted about four hours.

By 3.30pm, 14.2 millimetres of rain had fallen on the city, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Menindee received two millimetres, and Wilcannia 0.2

At Tibooburra airport the reading was 19.2 to 9am yesterday.

Mavis Jackson of Tibooburra TJ’s Roadhouse said they measured 16.2mm.

“We were the previous Bureau of Meteorology measuring station,” she said.

“It was lovely rain, it was very wild. There was lots of lightning and thunder.”

She said the storm came in on Wednesday night and they were hoping for more.

“It looks like it is happening again. We’ve had some weather warnings for the surrounding district.

“We’re hoping more rain hits. We’re not going to complain.”

The storm also put some water in the town supply, Mavis said.

“The creek has been running and the roads were closed off to Broken Hill which means water is running into the dam.

“It’s the best thing that could have happened for us. It’s a great thing for Tibooburra.

“We know what it’s like not to have water, so when the dam gets a flush we get excited.”

Mavis said the rain had really “lifted the spirits” of the locals.

“When it’s hot and sticky, everyone is miserable so it’s been nice.”

The Bureau said there was a good chance of another thunderstorm in Broken Hill today, most likely in the morning and afternoon.

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