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Water on the way

Friday, 3rd February, 2012

By Paula Doran

The NSW Office of Water has made urgent water releases from the Menindee Lakes as inland tributaries at the top of the Darling system swell dramatically under massive rain.

While the towns hardest hit in southern Queensland and northern NSW were yesterday evacuating ahead of rapidly rising rivers, the Department of Primary Industries was preparing for huge volumes of water to flow into the Darling River and down to Menindee.

A thorough soaking

Tuesday, 31st January, 2012

TRYING CONDITIONS: Electrical technician Carl Berryman and apprentice linesman Nathan Hiscock work on repairs near Williams Street. TRYING CONDITIONS: Electrical technician Carl Berryman and apprentice linesman Nathan Hiscock work on repairs near Williams Street.

 When it rains, it pours, as the saying goes. 

The storm that broke on Friday evening resulted in 82.4mm falling on the city over the weekend.

It was the Broken Hill’s largest deluge in 22 months, with 51.6mm being recorded to 9am on Saturday and 30.8mm to 9am yesterday.

The State Emergency Service (SES) attended 70 call-outs before 1pm yesterday and gave out some 2000 sandbags.

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