Sandra Leeson holds up the rain gauge with the morning’s rainfall. Her husband Ken Leeson has lived in the area all his life and doesn’t ever remember rain like this.
Sandra Leeson holds up the rain gauge with the morning’s rainfall. Her husband Ken Leeson has lived in the area all his life and doesn’t ever remember rain like this. Mike Knott

Biggest rainfall in memory

WHEN Ken Leeson looks back on his 69 years in the region, he struggles to think of a time he has seen so much rain.

“This is certainly the most rain I've seen in a while,” he said.

“It's the most consistent as well.”

Bundaberg's wettest year on record was 1913, when 2048mm fell.

So far this year, the city has received 1475.7mm – more than 570mm off the record – with nine days of expected rain to come before the year is over.

But if the predictions of the deluge to come prove true, the year 2010 may just find its way into the top rainfall years this century.

Mr Leeson said the last time he had seen a similar amount of rain as this year in the Goodwood area was when he was a boy.

“It hasn't been like this since I was going to school back in the old days,” he said.

“Our Christmas holidays would get extended from six weeks to eight or 12 weeks because the Gregory (River) would go over the old bridge.”

The Goodwood resident said he was grateful for the new bridge, which is about 2-3m higher than the one there when he was a youngster.

Mr Leeson said he received about 18mm on his property yesterday.

Citrus grower Ian Shepherd has been living in Gayndah for about 35 years and said he had never seen such high rainfall totals.

“I can't remember ever seeing this much water in the Burnett – I've never seen it this high,” he said.

“We got quite a lot of rain in the '80s but nothing like this.

“If we are going to get more rain like they say, things are going to get very interesting.”

The farmer said while the rain was leaving his trees looking great, the wet had also brought problems.

“There are plenty of bog holes and mosquitoes about,” he said.

Gin Gin resident Eddie Stone said he was surprised at one of the highest years of rainfall in his 66 years.

“It's not what we expected for this time of year,” he said.

The Post Office proprietor said flooding was causing havoc on all nine mail runs.

“When the water is over the road, the contractors have to bring the mail back to the post office which is causing lots of headaches for the customers and for us,” he said.

Mr Stone said the post office received about 30mm of rain yesterday.



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