Until August, Robert Edwards at Tullamore had only received about 75 millimetres of rain for the year – it was a record dry stretch.
Then in September, storms began and kept coming through spring and into summer to so far total about 225mm of rain.
That includes a 90mm dumping late last week, the resulting run-off spilling from nearby Bulbodney Creek, washing away fences, including 15 to 20 kilometres worth on Mr Edwards’ property alone.
“(The rain) stopped about one o’clock in the morning and I went out the front of the house and here’s the water lapping at the front steps,” he said. The water had broken the levee bank.
Mr Edwards runs Lagonda with wife Lynn, and their son Phillip runs the neighbouring Yambora, which also lost fencing.
The Bulbodney Creek headwaters are close to those of Middleton Creek, which runs through the Fidock family’s neighbouring farm.