Delight across the Balonne

Mitchell, Roma and St George big winners with major rain falls

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The flood height pole in the Balonne River, St George, on Tuesday. The river is expected to peak at 12.5m on Thursday. Picture: Outback Media and Marketing

The flood height pole in the Balonne River, St George, on Tuesday. The river is expected to peak at 12.5m on Thursday. Picture: Outback Media and Marketing

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Balonne River at George expected to peak at 12.5 metres on Thursday.

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Many producers in south west Queensland are reaping the benefits of major rainfalls over the weekend.

While not all of the gaps have been filled in across the region, some of the big winners were in the Mitchell, Roma and St George areas.

The town of St George has received 132mm for February with 62mm falling on Sunday.

Julie Davies, Outback Media and Marketing, St George, has been sharing flood updates on social media and said the district was excited.

"Although the locals are very excited, they too, are aware of the dangers of flooding with the Andrew Nixon Bridge over the Balonne River expected to reach 11 metres on Tuesday night, and predicted to peak at 12.5m on Thursday," Mrs Davies said.

Police have declared an emergency around the township of St George due to the flooding Balonne River.

The emergency declaration under the Public Safety Preservation Act covers the Balonne River between EJ Beardmore Dam and the Queensland/NSW border until revoked.

Nigel Brumpton Baynham, Mitchell, who only a month ago cancelled his ram sale due to drought then rescheduled, can hardly wipe the smile from his face.

Mr Brumpton said that while his sale would go ahead on Wednesday he has received 200 millimetres at Baynham, 212mm at Mt Ascot and 340mm at Estland, situated north of Amby.

Anna Ahern, Bulala, situated south-west of Roma described her rainfall totals as absolutely fabulous.

"Up until Saturday lunchtime we had 200mm and from Saturday until Monday morning we received that amount again," she said.

"We bought some cows home from agistment near Dysart eight days ago, and the balance in Theodore will come home as soon as possible."

Ms Ahern said the soaking rainfall has certainly given her soil some moisture.

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