GRAHAM and Nancy Hoey surrounded by the wet stuff at Freestone yesterday.
GRAHAM and Nancy Hoey surrounded by the wet stuff at Freestone yesterday.

Region soaks up needed rainfall

FOR Graham and Nancy Hoey, the rain of the past 48 hours has been a taste of the good old days on the family farm at Forest Springs.

Now retired and fancy free, the couple do fill-in work from time to time for dairy farmers in need of a break and have been soaking up the rain at Freestone, which received about 135mm – or more than five inches in the old money – between Monday night and yesterday afternoon.

When the Daily News caught up with the pair yesterday just before afternoon milking time it was still raining and local paddocks and roadsides were awash.

Mr Hoey said it was “the sort of rain we used to get years ago”, echoing the thoughts of many locals hoping for a break in the drought.

While it’s early days and the rain so far this week is yet to reach all in need, Mr Hoey said he recorded 90mm at 6pm on Monday, with the gauge reaching the giddy height of 120mm two hours later.

About 15mm was recorded in the district yesterday.

“We retired from full-time dairying in 2005 and the last ‘big’ rain I can recall out there (at Forest Springs near Allora) was in the summer of 1997,” Mr Hoey said.

“The dairy here was flooded when we came out in the morning (yesterday) and we had to pump it out.

“We’re staying the nights in our caravan and there was this river of water flowing underneath, right up to the axles. Not that there was any danger of us being washed away, but it was torrential.”

Mrs Hoey said she could see the rain coming towards them mid-afternoon on Monday.

“There was a great amount of black cloud coming from the north, across Gladfield,” Mrs Hoey said.

“It’s just a pity it hasn’t been over Leslie Dam as well.”

While Brisbane streets were flooded yesterday, Warwick and surrounds enjoyed continued steady falls, with the rain more widespread than in recent weeks.

Warwick was the epicentre of a severe storm warning issued by the Bureau of Meteorology about 3pm, with the Rose City itself officially recording just 15mm yesterday until time of printing of the Daily News last night.

But to the north and east it was a different and altogether wetter story, with Yangan recording 55mm from 9am, on top of the 69mm it received on Monday night.

Cherrabah at Elbow Valley soaked up 91mm from 9am yesterday, along with 27mm at Killarney and 67mm at Emu Vale. West of Allora at Talgai, 40mm rainfall had been received unofficially until 7pm last night.

Dalrymple Creek has a fresh of 1.5 metres in depth after heavy rain in the Goomburra area on Monday night.

Glengallan Creek was also running well yesterday, as was Freestone Creek, for the first time in nearly two years.

The wet conditions caused a body truck travelling on the Cunningham Highway just west of Karara to aquaplane about 4.15pm yesterday.

Police said the driver crashed into a table drain and became trapped in the cabin, sustaining a broken right leg.

He was taken to Warwick Hospital for treatment.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said ambulance officers worked on the man while he was still trapped in the truck for close to an hour yesterday, before stabilising him on scene.

The spokesman said it was likely the man would be transferred to hospital in either Toowoomba or Brisbane given the extent of his injuries.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said a crew from Warwick attended the scene and freed the driver about 5.10pm.

A technical rescue crew from Toowoomba also attended the scene but were not required.

Meanwhile a Warwick State Emergency Service (SES) crew attended an incident at Glen Road yesterday afternoon where a vehicle became stuck in fast-flowing water.

The occupants had got out by the time the crew arrived and were uninjured.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Terry Erbs last night predicted a trough moving northwards along the coast would cause rain activity over the region to “contract towards the northern part of the Downs” throughout today.

“There will be isolated showers around the region during the afternoon (today) and Thursday and Friday are looking mostly fine with maximum temperatures around the mid-20s and night-times in the mid to high teens,” Mr Erbs said.

Storm King Dam at Stanthorpe recorded just 10mm from 9am yesterday but the rain was enough to cause a young female driver to run into a large rock on Matthews Street yesterday morning during the wet conditions, causing the car to overturn.

A Stanthorpe Police spokesman said the driver was issued with a notice to appear in the Stanthorpe Magistrates Court on March 16 for driving without due care and attention.

A Queensland Fire and Rescue Services spokeswoman said crews attended the single-vehicle rollover yesterday about 10.17am, with no entrapments.

RAINFALL

- Yangan: 124mm

- Murrays Bridge: 91mm

- Killarney: 82mm

- Allora: 43mm

- Warwick: 42mm

- Leyburn: 39mm

(Official rainfall from 9am Monday to 6pm last night)

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