By HARRY CLARKE
AT LEAST one rural homestead felt the worst effects of what the Bureau of Meteorology described as an “astronomical” dump of rain across Queensland’s broader south east in the final days of a wet summer.
D’Arcy Davidson’s family property “Kington” is situated about 40km south of The Gums and spans the head of Hayes Creek, which runs into the Moonie River.
By midnight on Thursday his home was shin-deep in water after 147mm of rain fell over “Kington” and an already waterlogged Hayes Creek in little more than a couple of hours.
“We generally get our rain from the west but when it comes from the east you know it’s going to be pretty wet,” Davidson said.
“The house flooded a little bit higher in 2008 and I remember being told at the time that was a once-in-a-lifetime event, but here we are again.”
Davidson said his family was “better prepared” this time around, moving vehicles and working dogs to higher ground and closing up sheds to stop tools and debris from floating away.
But nothing could be done to prevent water coming through the family living room, while a downhill worker’s cottage shifted on its stumps as water gushed through.
“There’s going to be a pretty big cleanup around the house and there’ll be a lot of fences to fix but I suppose it’s not too bad,” Davidson said.
Household mud bath aside, Moonie and surrounds are among a vast number of southern rural Queensland districts enjoying an excellent season for livestock. Catchments and dams are full from Warwick to Charleville and beyond.
But many crop growers in the Maranoa and Darling Downs are experiencing the awkward problem of having had too much rain.
SLIDESHOW – Homestead flooded south of The Gums
Countless sorghum crops which were ready for harvest will have to go past their prime with heavy machinery unable to operate in sopping wet blacksoil paddocks.
West of the widely reported Lockyer Valley and Sunshine Coast hinterland deluge, Dalby and surrounds had up to 125mm according to rain gauge aggregator Oz Forecast.
Warra and Chinchilla had 115mm and there was talk of more than 200mm in areas north of town. Miles recorded 91mm and Dulacca a whopping 153mm.