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A year's rain in a night

Lydia Burton, Friday February 21, 2014 - 18:27 EDT

Rain has continued to fall in outback Queensland, with some properties recording more than 250 millimetres in a few hours.

It is the first time in more than 12 months that there has been widespread rain in western Queensland.

All 20 drought declared regions in western Queensland have received some rainfall over the past week.

While the rain is not yet drought breaking, it is welcomed by graziers.

Jane James, from Glencoe station at Jericho, 190 kilometres east of Longreach, received 261 millimetres overnight.

"Oh it's fantastic. I mean, we really didn't need it quite that hard and that fast, but all our dams were totally dry, so it's just been fantastic.

"All the dams will be full. Even our house dam was very low, but it's now overflowing its banks and going into the paddocks," she said.

On Wednesday night, properties surrounding the small western Queensland town of Alpha, 55 kilometres east of Jericho, received approximately 200 millimetres.

Rebecca Comiskey, from Melton, north of Alpha, says her property had been surviving off 220 millimetres for 12 months, then overnight they received 217 millimetres.

She says she couldn't be happier to have a water view outside her home.

In the North, Hughenden has seen the Flinders River start flowing again after two years.

"We have got some teachers in town that wouldn't believe us that it does actually run," said local councillor Shane McCarthy.

He says rain has been very patchy, with some properties receiving up to 175 millimetres, whilst other places struggled to get 25 millimetres.


© ABC 2014

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