'Heaviest rain in 50 years' on parts of Monaro

Monaro rain supercell ruins fences but brings crop options


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Flood damage on Ross Sherlock's farm outside Cooma after a rain supercell hit last week.

Flood damage on Ross Sherlock's farm outside Cooma after a rain supercell hit last week.

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Cooma abuzz with activity after good rains in district

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Cooma grazier Ross Sherlock has been farming "Kiaora" for more than 50 years and had never seen a storm such as the one that hit last Thursday.

In a 20 minute deluge more than 30mm fell last Thursday evening, with about 38mm recorded over 24 hours, and another 10mm falling since last Thursday. A nearby property recorded 75mm on Slacks Creek. The rain washed away floodgates.

Mr Sherlock had just sown a paddock ready for the rain when the supercell hit, washing his good work away. The deluge started on Thursday evening with about a foot of hail that was still sitting in the paddock on Wednesday this week.

Masses of debris as water washed into fences in the Cooma deluge.

Masses of debris as water washed into fences in the Cooma deluge.

Mr Sherlock says it will take a month to fix all the fences damaged by the heavy downpour. Debris was lined up behind the fences (see above) for up to 10 metres or more.

"It's the heaviest and most damaging rain I've seen in 50 years here, never seen anything like it in my life," he said.

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Much of the Monaro was in deep drought until the soaking rain last week, that has led to increased activity and many new plantings.

Mr Sherlock will put in oats and triticale, followed by some pasture and lucerne. He runs Merinos and beef cattle.

The big rain also hit much of the South Coast, with the Bega Valley recording over 60mm.

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