Drought and flooding rains


Main photo by Lachlan Thorburn – the Jandra lays stranded on a dry river bed and – inset – pictures of two flooded rivers west of Bourke – the Wanaaring Billabong of the Paroo River (right) and the Warrego River at Gumbalie Bridge  PHOTOS: TWH/SUPPLIED

We certainly live in a land of extremes – as Dorothea McKellar says – “a land of drought and flooding rains”.

And as the Barwon-Darling and it easterly tributaries cry out for rain and flows, the outback westerly rivers are flooding.

The outback Warrego and Paroo Rivers are flooding – with several peaks – and the rivers further west that feed into the Lake Eyre system – Cooper Creek, Eyre Creek and the Diamantina Rivers are flooding too. 

The Paroo River at Hungerford was expected to remain above moderate flood level throughout this week, after a major flood peak was recorded upstream at Eulo on Sunday morning.

Read more in the printed edition of the Western Herald.