Oh, what a darling rain event, for the south east

Property owners rejoice as the Condamine flows downstream

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Here it comes: Elisabeth and Rodney Skene are keeping an eye on the Condamine River as it flows through Meldon Park, Cecil Plains, after heavy rain fell upstream earlier in the week. Picture: Helen Walker

Here it comes: Elisabeth and Rodney Skene are keeping an eye on the Condamine River as it flows through Meldon Park, Cecil Plains, after heavy rain fell upstream earlier in the week. Picture: Helen Walker

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Heavy rain and local flooding as the south east corner rejoices.

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WHILE the drought is certainly far from over, mother nature has delivered a taste of much needed relief to some property owners across southern Queensland this week.

Producers on the parched Darling Downs, Southern Downs and Western Downs were rejoicing as some received falls reminiscent of the 2011 floods.

Elisabeth and Rodney Skene, Meldon Park Simmentals, Cecil Plains, have just hit the 235 millimetre mark since the start of January, which is in stark contrast to the 100mm received for 2019.

"At the moment we are keeping an eye on the minor flooding from the Condamine River, which flows through our property," Mrs Skene said.

"The water upstream has now reached us, and this is the highest the Condamine has been since February 2013.

"We planted forage sorghum last week, and have received 100mm from this weekend's event up until Tuesday evening."

Dalby residents are still mopping up after the Myall Creek flooded during a weekend deluge. The creek was expected to peak again on Wednesday morning following further storms.

Mary O'Brien, who lives on the eastern edge of town, has been surrounded by water. She has measured 330mm since January 16, up until Wednesday morning.

Karen Slater, Glenellen, situated 125 kilometres north of Chinchilla, measured another 64mm overnight and 12mm on Tuesday afternoon giving a total of 224 mm since last Tuesday.

Greg and Sharon Harms, Oakmore Park, Greenmount, said they received one of the best single rain events in 20 years.

Mrs Harms said they received 125mm over a few days three weeks ago, which was gentle soaking rain over their black soil country.

"This latest fall over the weekend gave us another 154mm that will set us up with ground moisture and replenish our underground water supplies," Mrs Harms said.

Cattle producer Marg Will, Trawalla North, Southbrook, had previously recorded only 26mm from the start of the year, but the heavens opened over her country on the weekend and she received 147mm.

"We are certainly not out of the woods yet, but hopefully more will come in the next few weeks," Ms Will said.

Ms Will's cattle have been away on agistment for the past six months and she now hopes they can return in the next month.

John and Julie Pratt and family, Traprock Orchard, Tollando, Stanthorpe, received 69mm over the weekend.

On Monday, Tollando received 46mm at the house, their Waghorn property received 63mm, and the orchard received 69mm, giving the Pratts much-needed runoff rain into their dry irrigation dam.

Since Saturday the town of Warwick has received 189mm, giving Leslie Dam an inflow, and raising the dam capacity to 15 per cent.

Coolmunda Dam near Inglewood received 74mm with some inflow, and up to 100mm of rain was recorded over the Wivenhoe Dam catchment.

Don McConnel, Mount Brisbane, Esk, reported a total 184mm falling from this week's rain system, after received 90mm in January.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Kimba Wong said there was a further chance of showers and thunderstorms until Thursday.

"Some of these storms have the potential to drop heavy falls," Ms Wong said.

Tropical Cyclone Uesi, which formed to the west of Vanuatu, has moved south and strengthened into a category two tropical cyclone that is expected to remain offshore.

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