Weir the wild things are

Wa­ter lev­els had lo­cals jump­ing for joy

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Kate McCormack Kate.McCormack @chin­chillanews.com.au

CHIN­CHILLA res­i­dents re­ceived a re­fresh­ing early Christ­mas present last week.

A flow­ing Con­damine River and a weir full to burst­ing point sparked a lot of en­thu­si­asm from lo­cals who say they haven’t seen any­thing like it in years.

The fresh flow of wa­ter was due to ex­treme rain­fall oc­cur­ring up­stream and car­ry­ing down the Balonne and Con­damine river sys­tems.

The Con­damine River at Chin­chilla Weir peaked at 8.35 me­tres about 10.20pm on Thurs­day.

The Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy is­sued a mod­er­ate flood warn­ing for the Con­damine River af­ter it was pre­dicted to rise to a peak height of nine me­tres be­tween Thurs­day af­ter­noon and Fri­day.

Mod­er­ate to ma­jor flood lev­els also peaked be­tween Warra Ko­gan Road Bridge and Bri­ga­low Bridge late Wednes­day and have since eased back to steady lev­els.

Sun­wa­ter’s sup­ply lev­els in­di­cate the Chin­chilla weir peaked at a mighty 133.43 per cent at 8pm last Thurs­day.

Brian Ham­mer­meis­ter and his two chil­dren, Re­gan and Te­naeh Bell, were gob­s­macked by how much wa­ter was mak­ing its way from the weir when they went and had a look late last week.

“I haven’t seen this much wa­ter make its way through here since 2013,” Mr Ham­mer­meis­ter said.

“The noise alone is im­pres­sive.”

The fam­ily weren’t the only ones ea­ger to see what all the fuss was about.

Many lo­cals made their way down to the weir over the week­end to en­joy a nice, cold dip. For more de­tails, head to page 38.

❝ I haven’t seen this much wa­ter make its way through here since 2013. — Brian Ham­mer­meis­ter

PHOTO: NICHOLIS EVANS

WOAH: Chin­chilla weir peaked at 8.35m on Thurs­day night. Photo cour­tesy Gerkies Storm Chas­ing.

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