Roads closed, river rises after above average rain

Cowra's rainfall for July will far exceed the long term average for the month with more rain falling last weekend and on Monday than during an average July.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology Cowra received 36.2mm in the 24 hours up until 9am on Sunday, a further 10.2mm up until 9am Monday and then another 35.6mm up until 9am Tuesday taking the town's total rainfall for the month to 95mm.

Rain is recorded at a weather station located a the Cowra airport.

Cowra's long term average rainfall for July is 52.5mm with rainfall of more than 1mm usually recorded on 8.5 days during the month.

While it rained on 18 days during July, only on seven days did we receive more than 1mm.

Cowra's monthly falls were some of the highest recorded throughout the district.

At Young airport the weather station recorded 87.2mm during the month, the heaviest falls recorded last weekend and earlier this week.

West of Cowra the rain wasn't as heavy with Parkes receiving 66.6mm for the month with 44mm falling during the late month rain event.

It was a similar story at Forbes which received 38.2mm over the weekend and 57.8mm for the month.

Road closures and minor flooding were experienced in Cowra and Canowindra following the weekend rain.

Cowra's low level bridge was closed on Tuesday but re-opened on Wednesday.

The Campbell Street crossing was also closed.

A minor flood warning was issued for the Belubula at Canowindra on Monday and Tuesday.

The Canowindra road closures included George Russell Drive and the Belubula Way at Cherry Tree Falls Bridge.

On the approach to Canowindra the Canowindra SES was on duty as the Belubular River rose from 1.6 metres to three metres in less than 12 hours.

The rain has also had an impact at Wyangala Dam which rose to 21.4 per cent of capacity as of Wednesday, July 29, up from 17 per cent the previous week.

Canowindra SES kept a watchful eye on the water level of the Belubula at Canowindra earlier this week. Photo Canowindra SES.

Canowindra SES kept a watchful eye on the water level of the Belubula at Canowindra earlier this week. Photo Canowindra SES.

Cowra Rainfall in the 24 hours up until 9am on the following days.

  • July 1.....................0.2mm
  • July 2..................... 1.4mm
  • July 3..................... 0.2mm
  • July 4 .....................1.2mm
  • July 5..................... 0.2mm
  • July 11.....................2.8mm
  • July 12.......................5mm
  • July 13.....................0.4mm
  • July 14 ....................0.4mm
  • July 16.....................0.2mm
  • July 17.................... 0.2mm
  • July 19 ....................0.2mm
  • July 24.....................0.2mm
  • July 25.....................0.2mm
  • July 26.................. 36.2mm
  • July 27...................10.2mm
  • July 28..................35.6mm
  • July 29 ...................0.2mm