Flooding has closed roads after more than 200mm of rain fell in some drought-stricken areas of Queensland, bringing some relief to graziers.
Some drought-stricken cattle stations in central Queensland have reported flooding after a soaking overnight.
The Bureau of Meteorology recorded between 150mm and 230mm north and south of Alpha, between Longreach and Emerald, in the 24 hours until 9am (AEST) on Thursday.
Leigh-Ann Cox, who runs a cattle station near Alpha with husband Dave, says 146mm fell on the family’s parched, dry farm on Wednesday night and Thursday.
“The rain was beautiful, it was a big patch of rain,” she told AAP.
“We’ve got a couple of creek crossings washed out and some fences washed down.”
There hasn’t been any decent rain at the 6000 hectare station for 11 months and the total rainfall last year was just 300mm, she says.
Up until Wednesday afternoon, half of the farm’s dams were bone dry and the others only held 10-15cm of water.
Ms Cox says after the drenching overnight at least two of the dams are now full.
Barcaldine Regional Council says 11 roads have closed across the region due to flooding.
Mayor Rob Chandler says the recent rain isn’t drought breaking but “a great start”.
“The eastern end of the council area we’ve had magnificent rain but lighter right out on the western side,” he said.
“Great rain, fantastic rain for some of the graziers. It’s their first decent fall for a couple of years.”
Flood warnings remain in place for the Thompson River near Longreach and Nogoa River near Emerald.
The weather bureau is forecasting more rain for inland areas over the coming week.