Despite heavy rainfalls drought far from over

A START: A soggy 24 millimetres was captured here on a property after a heavy storm pelted down over Narromine recently. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
A START: A soggy 24 millimetres was captured here on a property after a heavy storm pelted down over Narromine recently. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Despite some heavy rainfall within the shire, Narromine farmer Susie Rae said the drought was far from over.

Ms Rae, who lives on a property 33 kilometres south-west of Narromine said she had received 71 millimetres so far this year, however properties near the Bogan River had reports of four to five inches in one downpour.

"It's really just whatever storm you were under really," she said.

While the rainfall had boosted confidence in the region, Ms Rae said another decent drop was needed before sowing begins in April.

"It's given everyone some really good hope," she said.

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"We need lots more follow up rain, and the moisture to build up so we can sow crops and start sowing in April.

"Normally February is a stinking hot month, but at the moment it's just been every nice, but the temperatures have been so hit and miss it could ramp up again and get really hot and then we lose what moisture we've got."

While it's been a good start to the year, Ms Rae said the drought hasn't broken just yet.

"It's bad when people say its drought-breaking rain, because it gives the city people the perception that it's all over," she said.

"Just because [people are] seeing greenery it doesn't mean the drought's ended.

"There wont be money floating around until a crop comes off, and the towns won't even really see that money, because there's a lot of debt from years of no income."

Despite the partial break of rainfall, the biggest relief according to Ms Rae was perhaps a little bit of water supply.

"Is filled rainwater tanks too, which has taken a lot of pressure off a lot of households on the farms. So that's all a positive," she said.

For Ms Rae the recent rainfall had helped fill their dam, which had been stocked with yellow belly fish, but sadly dried up two weeks prior.

"It filled our house dam, which for me was absolutely amazing," she said.

"...the rain was two weeks late for the fish, so we had our own little fish kill in our house dam, which was really sad, we tried to save what we could.