Record rains soak Douglas
“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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