A flooded paddock at Oban Station in Mount Isa. Station manager believes it will be wettest January in a decade Picture: Grant Lowe
A flooded paddock at Oban Station in Mount Isa. Station manager believes it will be wettest January in a decade Picture: Grant Lowe

Rain creates ‘inland sea’ on Mt Isa cattle station

FARMING relies on many things, knowledge of land, knowing the industry and of course, rain.

Recent rain has turned the Oban cattle station in Mount Isa from an arid landscape into and Inland Ocean after just a few days of rain.

The paddock at Oban Station that would soon be underwater after the rains in Mount Isa. Picture: Grant Lowe
The paddock at Oban Station that would soon be underwater after the rains in Mount Isa. Picture: Grant Lowe

Grant Lowe, the manager at Oban Station is relishing the recent rainfall and saying it's the best January they've had in a decade.

"In a few of the paddocks we had around three or four inches of water flowing through, especially the low lying paddocks."

 

The inland ocean that was brought on by a few days of rain at Oban Cattle Station in Mount Isa. Picture: Grant Lowe
The inland ocean that was brought on by a few days of rain at Oban Cattle Station in Mount Isa. Picture: Grant Lowe

 

"There was about 135mm that hit from Wednesday to Sunday which has made it the wettest January we've had for about ten years," Mr Lowe said.

The rain isn't looking like it will stop either with heavy rain forecast over the next two days.

"It's good to get this sort of rain because it's slow and steady, not just really quick, heavy downpour so the country handles it a lot better."

 

A flooded paddock at Oban Station in Mount Isa, it was believed to be the wettest January in a decade. Picture: Grant Lowe
A flooded paddock at Oban Station in Mount Isa, it was believed to be the wettest January in a decade. Picture: Grant Lowe

 

"If we get a bit of sunshine and another one of these weekends it will really set us up for the whole year," Mr Lowe said.

Mount Isa will be getting another batch of rain as Gabriel Branescu from the Bureau of Meteorology explains.

"More rainfall is on the horizon because of the tropical low that is moving northwest over Mt Isa.

"We could see the same amount of rainfall Mt Isa had in a week to come over six hours" Mr Branescu said.

 

Landscape shot of Oban Station in Mount Isa with a strong rain cloud approaching. Picture: Grant Lowe
Landscape shot of Oban Station in Mount Isa with a strong rain cloud approaching. Picture: Grant Lowe

 

A warning has been given for the Mt Isa region to prepare for damaging winds and heavy rain over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Meanwhile, towards the coast towns have recorded up to 500mm of rain within a 24 hour period with roads, schools and businesses closing.

Ayr, Rita Island and Home Hill have been hit the hardest so far and the Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting more to come.

Flood warnings have been dished out throughout the state including in Gulf Country and Burdekin regions.


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