Warwick district still waterlogged
TREGONY landholder Mal Stacey can’t remember it being as wet on the western side of Cunningham’s Gap – he received a metre of rain last month and it is still raining.
A metre of rain is more than the annual rainfall for most centres on the Southern Downs.
Mr Stacey has lived at Tregony for 13 years but the property has been in his family since 1946.
“It often rains at the Gap but there is no rain at Maryvale (to the west),” he said.
“We only have to get moderate, not heavy, rain for half an hour and Gap Creek rises this year,” Mr Stacey said.
He has to cross Gap Creek to reach his property from the highway and said it took 45 minutes of rain on Monday to close the crossing to conventional vehicles.
The rain on Monday and run-off blocked one lane of the New England Highway near the Eight Mile intersection.
Mr Stacey measured 37mm yesterday, but there was more rain in the Maryvale area, with some roads cut by floodwaters.
The Condamine River was over the Weir Bridge in Warwick for the second successive Sunday.
Warwick resident Donna Koina was catching shrimp for bait just downstream of the McCahon Bridge at 10am yesterday before taking the children fishing.
“We are going to fish at Leslie Dam,” she said.
“It is good the way the river keeps running; it hasn’t been like this for a while. A heap of shrimp are coming to the water’s edge.”
Phil Awty, who checked out the water level at Federation Park yesterday, reckons the country is returning to the seasons “we grew up with”.
“The rain is good for the farmers, it is either drought or the other way,” said Mr Awty, who has been in Warwick for five months.