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Rain welcome, but water situation largely unchanged

Tuesday, 10th May, 2016

The wet weather captured from the Silver City Highway by Ruth Sandow over the weekend. The wet weather captured from the Silver City Highway by Ruth Sandow over the weekend.

By Emily Roberts

The region enjoyed a good soaking over the weekend with many areas receiving lots of rain, however it did little to boost local water storages.

Locally 24.0 millimetres by 9.30am on Sunday and another 6.6 millimetres fell by 9.30am yesterday.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said the rain was due to a north-west cloud band that came from Broome and feed through Alice Springs.

“It provided extensive rain,” he said.

“The significant cloud band provided mostly rain with a few thunderstorms.

“It has moved on in regards to Broken Hill - it was a very quick clearance.

“It is moving away from the state.”

The spokesman said there won’t be any more rain forecast for the next nine to 10 days in the city.

While the weekend rainfall brought welcome respite, only minimal intakes were recorded at Essential Water’s local water storages.

Manager operations (water), Kym Maddern, said despite some good rainfall recorded on Saturday night and into Sunday, only small intakes registered in local storages.

“Around 110 megalitres was captured across Umberumberka Reservoir and Imperial Lake, representing around five to six days’ worth of summer treated water consumption,” Kym said.

“Three days’ emergency supply is being maintained in Stephens Creek Reservoir however no flows reached the reservoir due to the very dry conditions we have been experiencing.”

Meanwhile across the region, Menindee received 19mm on Sunday and another 7mm until 9am on Monday.

Menindee resident Karen Page said they had 33mm over the weekend on their property.

“Add this to the 38mm from last week and it’s just under 3 inches,” she said. 

“The paddocks have turned green and are growing before our eyes much to the delight of our sheep.”

Wanaaring Post Office up to 9am yesterday received 79mm that gave them a total of 86mm in the last seven days.

White Cliffs received 13.2mm that gave them a total 28.4mm in the last week.

Eldee Station owners were also overjoyed taking to Facebook to post they had received 45mm of rain over the past few days.

Packsaddle received 38mm of rain, according to resident Mia Degoumois.

“We’re pretty happy with that, it was really good to see,” she said.

“A lot of people knew it was coming - so not too many people were getting stuck out in the rain.

“It will take a few days but I expect the area to become nice and green.

“It was a really good soaking, it was nice soft rain.”

Mia said she was glad people took notice of the road close signs.

“More people were taking notice and there weren’t people out on the roads trying to drive,” she said.

During Monday, a high pressure system over New South Wales weakened while a low is developing in the Bight.

A trough and cold front associated with this low affected New South Wales yesterday, bringing gusty winds and widespread rain to the region. By late last night this system is forecast to have mostly cleared the state, although a second, colder, frontal system should follow during today.

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