Late rain saves day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Mark Mur­ray

A LATE weather change has saved the Douglas Shire from level three water re­stric­tions.

Res­i­dents were on the brink of tighter con­straints on Tues­day as ex­treme heat gripped the Far North, but re­cent rain brought a re­prieve.

The Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy has fore­cast fur­ther storms in com­ing days and the Douglas Shire Coun­cil is closely mon­i­tor­ing the water lev­els.

“We came in­cred­i­bly close to turn­ing on level three water re­stric­tions in Douglas Shire,” Mayor Ju­lia Leu said.

“How­ever, re­cent storms brought enough rain to push the Rex Creek in­take up to 170mm by Wed­nes­day morn­ing but we are not out of the woods yet.”

It’s be­lieved this week’s heat­wave con­trib­uted to a sharp drop in water lev­els.

Coun­cil’s tech­ni­cal staff ob­served water lev­els at the Rex Creek In­take fall about five times quicker than usual.

“This is a timely re­minder for res­i­dents and busi­nesses to ditch the hoses and sprin­klers to get us through this re­ally dry pe­riod,” Ms Leu said.

“We thank our res­i­dents for tight­en­ing the taps ... and ap­pre­ci­ate the chal­lenges our re­sorts face dur­ing these pro­longed dry pe­ri­ods.”

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