Tamanick house as seen from David Todd's helicopter.
Tamanick house as seen from David Todd's helicopter.

Spirits high after a ‘bloody good soaking’

UP TO 200mm of rain has been a ‘welcome relief’ for Charleville residents, after they narrowly avoided major flooding.

The Warrego River peaked in Charleville at 5.87m on Monday night, when the levee gates were put up.

By 6am on Tuesday, the river had gone down to 5.57m and was expected to continue to decline.

Murweh Shire mayor and disaster management co-ordinator Annie Liston said the rain had done more than filled the rivers and dams.

“It’s given people hope,” she said.

“It’s been a welcome relief to put water in our rivers, we had people get falls of up to 200mm, which was just fantastic.

“Out at my place, we had 145mm, there was one storm that was quite heavy but I’ve just loved this rain.

“After eight years of very severe drought, which has been very tough for farmers and businesses, this will not only give some relief but an economic boost.”

The Bureau of Meteorology had originally predicted the Warrego River at Charleville to peak at 6.3m, nowhere nearly the 2012 level of 7.78.

“That’s a good thing that we didn’t get to that point,” Cr Liston said.

“We’re predicted more rain, but I’m thinking it would be good if we could leave it a week.”

Down the road at Mitchell, helicopter pilot David Todd was called on to help save hundreds of cattle from drowning.

“Over the weekend I’ve been up and down the (Maranoa) river, pulling cattle from the flood areas,” he said.

“Trying to swing cattle through water takes a fair bit of pushing and it’s hard on the calves. It’s a bit different to mustering the last 18 months.

“It’s incredible the amount of water that has come down through the gullies, on top of what was coming from upstream,” he said.

“It would be nice to see this dry out before anything else comes, we need to make sure this water can get away.

“But spirits seem to be high.”