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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Rain Puts out Fires but does not break the Drought

Well here’s a statistic that will rock you.

We’ve witnessed torrential rain for nearly a fortnight on the east coast.

99.4% of the New South Wales is still in drought.

39.1% is in intense drought.

Water is being trucked in for 3,000 residents in bushfire ravaged South Coast towns like Bermagui.

And for towns like Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst, without sustained rainfall, the Macquarie River will be dry by September.

And what little rain did fall near Dubbo, it only muddied their existing water and close to 10,000 residents from nearby Wellington had to boil their water.

In other places, which were bone dry but got some rain, the soil was so dry that it soaked up whatever rain fell so the runoff into dams was negligible.

Glenbawn Dam, in the Hunter Valley, which provides critical water to Scone, Muswellbrook and to farmers is only at 39% capacity.

The Burrendong Dam near Mudgee, which supplies Dubbo, is at 1.6%.

99.4% of NSW still in drought.


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