Record rains soak Dou­glas

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

“It’s cer­tainly blown the dust off the 450head of Brah­man cat­tle that we raise here and it has been a huge amount of rain to hit so early,” Mr Reynolds said.

“In the first 24 hours we got 336 mil­lime­tres of rain, which was the sin­gle big­gest overnight down­pour I have seen for a very long time and I have lived here for 20 years. Then dur­ing the next 24 hours we got an­other 168mm.”

Asked just what this meant in terms of water on the ground at his prop­erty, Mr Reynolds said that there had been a fair bit of low-ly­ing flood­ing.

“We’re flooded in here at the mo­ment, and the Up­per Dain­tree Road has been flooded in sec­tions but at this stage there is no dam­age to prop­erty,” he said.

“One good ben­e­fit to come from such heavy rain is that the dams and wa­ter­holes have filled and added to our water short­age for our live­stock.”

The big­gest fall Mr Reynolds has ever wit­nessed was in 1996.

“In March 1996, we had 600 mil­lime­tres of rain dumped on us in just 24 hours - that’s 23.6 inches in the old mea­sure - or an inch an hour,” Mr Reynolds said.

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