NSW and Queensland weather: flash floods and fallen trees as rain lashes east coast – latest updates
Feb. 09, 2020
Sydney and the New South Wales Central Coast is expected to receive more rainfall in 24 hours than it has since 1998. Follow the latest news and live updates
How is this for some good news: the town of Warwick in southern Queensland has just had two years worth of drinking water flow into its dam.
Leslie Dam, which supplies water to Warwick and surrounding communities, nearly doubled its capacity overnight.
At 4pm on Saturday SunWater recorded the dam’s level at 7.66 per cent. By 10.30am on Sunday it had risen to 12.64 per cent.
Mayor of the Southern Downs, Tracy Dobie, told AAP as much as two years worth of drinking water had flowed into Leslie Dam.
“We have had almost as much rain in January and February as we had in all of 2019,” Ms Dobie said.
The community of Stanthorpe near the border with NSW also received much needed rain.
The community officially ran out of drinking water in January, needing to truck water from Connolly dam 60km to the town’s north.
Ms Dobie told AAP Connelly dam received good rain, but the town’s main supply, Storm King Dam, did not receive enough to halt water trucking.
“We got one month of water into Storm King Dam, but we are looking at needing six months worth of rain to stop the trucking,” she said.
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