RE­LIEF FROM ABOVE

Swel­ter­ing temps drop af­ter falls

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Er­ica Murree er­[email protected]

AS A band of thun­der­storms swept across the re­gion on Tues­day af­ter­noon, res­i­dents’ thoughts were with those bat­tling bush­fires.

Coal­stoun Lakes’ Sarah Aberdein said the rain was wel­come but she hoped the peo­ple af­fected by the bush fires were get­ting some of it.

Af­ter a week of swel­ter­ing tem­per­a­tures, the rain has bought some re­prieve.

The storms dumped 102mm on Rob­bie Radel’s Moun­tain View dairy farm on the out­skirts of Biggen­den.

Mr Radel thought the kids must have splashed some wa­ter into the gauge while play­ing un­der the hose.

“But then Ray­mond Ni­chol, the neigh­bour across the road, rang and said he had recorded 105mm,” he said.

“We must have been un­der a lit­tle cloud dump.

“Maybe it’s the start of a good sum­mer for us.”

Coal­stoun Lakes peanut grower Kerry Dove said with his 25mm, the re­main­der of his 60 acres of peanuts would now be planted.

“If we get enough mois­ture we may plant some corn,” he said.

“The ma­jor­ity of farm­ers have now got peanuts in the ground.”

Mr Dove said a huge amount of rain in one hit was not needed as the soil was fine.

“Lit­tle bits at a time is so much more ben­e­fi­cial,” he said.

While thank­ful for the rain, he is also thank­ful to the fireys for their tremen­dous ef­forts in con­tain­ing the fire in the Rules Beach area where he has prop­erty.

Rain­falls were var­ied with Ca­nia Dam record­ing 98mm, Biggen­den 73mm and Mt Walsh 58mm.

Other falls in­cluded Kathy Spry on Sec­combe’s Rd 64mm, Wors­ley fam­ily at Rocky Crk on Biggen­den-Coal­stoun Lakes Rd 67mm, Rod Wil­son at Dal­larnil 21mm, Don Rober­ton the top end of Coal­stoun Lakes 28mm, Kayleen Medew at Bon Ac­cord, Gayn­dah, 42mm, Julie Just on Bluff View Rd 61mm, Will Hall at Woowoonga 58mm, James Hansen at Boompa 40mm, Joanne Wease on Eu­reka Rd 28mm.

PHOTO: ER­ICA MURREE

SPLASH­ING FUN: Two-year-old Cas­sidy Aberdein hasn’t seen much rain in her short life.

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