Dry Gladstone region welcomes ‘beautiful rain’

HEAVY downpours of "beautiful rain" across the region on Wednesday night have been welcomed by all.

Calliope SES group leader Brian Pitt usually gets nervous during a storm.

But he said because of the lack of wind his group's services were not needed on Wednesday.

"We didn't get a call and there were no incidents of flooding or property damage," he said.

"It was just beautiful rain. The ground was like dry cereal before it rained and now it's all soaked in."

Adrian Peters from Hayblah Hay in the Boyne Valley said the 68mm they got might affect their hay business through a reduced need from drought stricken farmers.

"We grow hay for cattle and horse feed," he said.

"It might drop back a little bit but it won't affect us too much.

"It will also save us irrigating for the next couple weeks, which will save us money."

Shannon Swann from Boyne Island said it hadn't rained for too long.

"It was pretty heavy for a while but it didn't last very long," she said.

"We did get a lot of lightning and thunder all night so we stayed inside."

It could be the last drop of water the region receives until next Wednesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology's forecast says there's a 20% chance of rain up to Wednesday, when it increases to 50%.

Mr Peters said he would try and make the best of the latest downpour.

"We needed the rain since it's been so dry," he said.

"They are still predicting some for the next few days but I don't think there will be a lot in it."

Rainfall in 24 hours:

  • Boyne Island 13mm
  • Gladstone 16mm
  • Calliope 76mm
  • Mount Larcom 9mm
  • Benaraby 41mm
  • Miriam Vale 55mm
  • Agnes Waters 13mm
  • Biloela 34mm
  • Callide Dam 68mm
  • Awoonga Dam 63mm
  • Kroombit Tops 54mm
  • Raglan 14mm


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