Australia and Broken Hill break rain records for wettest October

Australia and Broken Hill break rain records for wettest October

As Australia recorded its highest monthly rainfall in almost 50 years for October, incredible change came to Broken Hill.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, the outback city had its wettest October on record.

Broken Hill’s record for the most rain in a month — set in 2012 — has also fallen.

Australia as a whole had the second-highest area-average rainfall on record for October.

The previous record was set in 1975.

New South Wales had the highest area-average rainfall at 142.1 millimetres, breaking the record of 109.5mm, set in 1950.

‘Love seeing them flourish’
Barkindji and Malyangaba man David Doyle has lived in Broken Hill for 10 years and said it had been “amazing” to see the water enliven the flora.

“The native plants are one of my passions, and I just love seeing them flourish, there are things that are growing at the moment that I hadn’t seen for a really, really long time,” he said.

“We’re just coming out of the worst droughts and now we’re coming into some of the best seasons.”

He said he had a strong relationship with the water.

“For us being river people, we’re really connected to it … when there’s water available, it makes us feel better about the place,” Mr Doyle said.

“That water sustains the animals and the plants also helps to sustain us because as the countryside flourishes, so do we as people.”

Water storages full
Essential Water’s head of water operations, Ross Berry, said the Stephens Creek and Umberumberka reservoirs were full.

“It’s been a long time since both reservoirs have been at 100 per cent, flowing over the walls and over the spillway — it’s good to see,” he said.

“Stephens Creek is our emergency water supply and it’s full,” Mr Berry said.

Mr Berry said it was important to keep in mind what was done with the water.

“It would probably be close to 10 years we have pumped from Umberumberka — it’d be a long time,” he said.

“We can’t just be flippant with the way we use the water and how much it costs us to extract the water from both those reservoirs.”

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