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South-west Qld looks for 'good soaking'

Chrissy Arthur, Wednesday March 6, 2013 - 10:42 EDT

Graziers in Queensland's south-west say they are hopeful forecast rain in the Channel Country will deliver some decent, widespread falls.

There is a severe weather warning for the central west this morning for heavy rain and about 200 millimetres has been recorded in Aramac, north of Longreach.

Blackall has recorded 45mm and Thargomindah 23mm.

John Cobb from Durham Downs Station, west of Eromanga, says it has only had 5mm overnight.

He says the far south-western corner does need a soaking and the window of opportunity is closing.

"Plenty of dams have gone dry," he said.

"We are fortunate here, we are right on the Cooper Creek and the Cooper started running here probably three weeks ago.

"We've had a few storms but there just doesn't seem to be a lot in them and they are pretty narrow.

"Everyone is looking for a good, general soaking.

"The last 12 months have been really dry, there's been a lot of fires about, nothing too serious here but a lot of places have been burnt out pretty well."

He says locals are hoping for drenching rains after a dry 12 months.

"We are missing out and we see all the floods etc on the news and you just think ... what a waste of good rain," he said.

"We always like to say it has got to rain everywhere else before it rains out here but we are into March now, so the window of our wet season is closing slowly."


© ABC 2013

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