Weir the wild things are
Water levels had locals jumping for joy
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
WOAH: Chinchilla weir peaked at 8.35m on Thursday night. Photo courtesy Gerkies Storm Chasing.