SEND IT DOWN, HUGHIE!

RAIN RE­LIEF WRAP-UP:

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

DROUGHT-break­ing rain.

That’s how Monto farmer and ma­chin­ery dealer Drew Forsyth de­scribed the down­pour on Mon­day af­ter­noon, when he re­ceived more than 7cm in half an hour.

“It’s al­ways vi­o­lent thun­der­storms like that that break the drought,” Mr Forsyth said.

“I’m a big be­liever in east­erly storms, with lots of claps of thun­der.

“In 1968 the drought was re­ally, re­ally, re­ally bad. It came from the east one day and we had six inches in about one hit. It ran wa­ter ev­ery­where.”

Heads were tipped to­wards the sky all af­ter­noon on Mon­day as lo­cals spec­u­lated whether or not the heavens would open. But just after 4.30pm, the town was soaked.

“It came out of the east and pre­pared it­self. Then it rum­bled around and came back around the town sev­eral dif­fer­ent ways,” Mr Forsyth said.

Splin­ter Creek landowner Brian-Wede­meyer had 93mm on Mon­day, but wasn’t there to catch the ac­tion.

“I reckon it will look a whole lot dif­fer­ent when I come back and see it this week­end,” he said.

While Monto had spo­radic black­outs dur­ing the storms, Kalpowar has had lit­tle power since Mon­day.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

FI­NALLY: The re­gion should soon start to see some green after the heavens opened up on Mon­day af­ter­noon.

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