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Prayers answered as rain falls in drought-stricken north-west Qld

By Kate Stephens and Amy Phillips, Friday November 22, 2013 - 18:17 EDT
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Welcome rain has fallen in Mount Isa today. - ABC

Drought-affected landholders across parts of north-west Queensland have woken to rain in their gauges for the first time in months.

About 50 people gathered in Mount Isa yesterday to pray for rain and it seems those prayers may have been answered.

A band of showers along the Flinders Highway overnight has produced decent falls for parts of north-west Queensland.

Thirty-two millimetres has fallen in Cloncurry, while Julia Creek and Richmond have recorded more than 40 millimetres and the rain is still falling.

Rain is expected to continue over the weekend in parts of the north-west.

The weather bureau says a trough is developing and the scattered showers and storms should continue in parts of the north-west over the next few days.

Gloria Alloway lives in Nelia, 50 kilometres east of Julia Creek.

She says this morning more than 60 millimetres has fallen at her place and it is still falling.

"Heavy, heavy rain, sheets and sheets of water everywhere," she said.

"I thought good - we'll get half an inch out of this, it just hasn't abated - going on and on."

Colin Blacklock lives 100 kilometres north of Julia Creek and has had nearly 90 millimetres this morning.

"We've been here 35 years and it's certainly the worst year we've ever had," he said.

"We have had nearly as much rain this morning as we had for the whole of the wet season last year, so it's put some smiles on the faces around here."


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