How much rain is too much rain?

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Back in December last year, I wrote about how dry it was getting in a lot of parts of Australia. Well, a couple of months after that, my family received a lot of rain, which is a great thing, don’t get me wrong. But, at what point will it stop?

The expression “when it rains, it pours” is definitely appropriate in this situation. And while a lot of people still haven’t been blessed enough to get some much needed rain, others have experienced washouts. In a matter of hours, half the average annual rainfall for our place was dumped in paddocks all over the property. I’m no scientist, but I know that the ground was dry enough to reject the rain and created a number of pools of water that drowned a number of sheep.

The stock were not used to seeing so much rain and as a result, became weak and unable to survive. This is quite common in sheep when they experience torrential rain, and the combination of being drought-stricken and recently shorn meant their chances of survival were slim-to-none. But it wasn’t just sheep being affected. The cattle were getting bogged in swamps they didn’t even know existed until this sudden downpour of rain. They were getting bogged because they were too weak to get out of these deep silt pools, resulting in their removal by a tractor.

The above photos are what my mum sent to me a few weeks ago when we had all that rain. You’ll have to excuse her inability to turn her iPhone into a landscape position. It’s something I’m yet to teach her!

– Annabelle



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