Snow, floods, and drought-ending rains

State hit with wild weather forcing evacuations on South Coast

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Farmers move stock from the bed of Lake George near Collector as the lake fills after heavy rain in the area. Photo by Dion Georgopoulos.

Farmers move stock from the bed of Lake George near Collector as the lake fills after heavy rain in the area. Photo by Dion Georgopoulos.

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Monaro gets massive soaking - and snow dump on farms

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Evacuations were underway on Monday morning at parts of Nowra and Moruya as rivers rose to major flood levels after heavy rain hit the South Coast on the weekend.

Some areas near Nowra have recorded close to 300mm over the last three days.

Heavy rain also hit the Southern Tablelands forcing farmers to monitor stock and those near Collector clear stock from Lake George as it filled.

The Scrivener Dam near Canberra was full and floodgates were opened.

In the far south at Bombala heavy snow blanketed farms all the way down to the Victorian border.

Big snow dump at Bombala. Photo by Sally-Ann Thomson.

Big snow dump at Bombala. Photo by Sally-Ann Thomson.

Up to six inches of snow fell. The good news apart from the "poor man's super", was more good rain for the drought-affected Monaro, setting the region up for a good spring. Some farmers reported full soil moisture profiles down to a metre only three weeks after the area was in deep drought with just stones in some paddocks.

The weather has complicated lambing and shearing time, but no one was knocking the rain back if it set them up for spring growth and the next 12 months after two or three terrible years.

Some farms near Bombala have had over 250mm in the last three weeks.

Heavy snow in the Southern Tablelands.

Heavy snow in the Southern Tablelands.

Dairyfarmers on the South Coast moved cows to higher ground and were struggling with the big rain that forced some evacuations at Nowra and Moruya as rivers rose. There were 1500 calls to the NSW SES for help since Friday.

A kayaker died near Canberra when their kayak was caught under a bridge in a flooded creek.

Snow on Balgownie Homestead. Photo courtesy of Bega District News.

Snow on Balgownie Homestead. Photo courtesy of Bega District News.

Most areas around Goulburn received 70-100mm. Majors Creek near Braidwood recorded 142mm. Any place north of Moruya received well over 100mm even over 200mm. The rain also moved west through Jugiong and the South-West Slopes with 30mm common, and even to Wagga Wagga with about 11mm.

Here's some vision from Emma Calver of a flooded Gillamatong Creek near Braidwood:

In Kangaroo Valley north of Nowra Graeme Cochrane, Oakleigh, has had nearly 600mm at his dairyfarm in the last three weeks, with more than 320mm in this latest event.

Mr Cochrane said he had never seen such heavy rain as on Saturday afternoon from about 1pm until 4pm, even in the biggest storms in summer.

"I've never seen rain like it, we really copped it," he said. He was busy moving his dairy calves into shelter and later making sure he could keep the feed up to he and his wife Lisa's Jersey and Holstein herd.

"You just have to deal with it the best you can." The Kangaroo River had flooded over some of the low-lying areas. He suspected a mighty amount of water would be coming down the Shoalhaven River.

Only a year ago he had run out of water for irrigation.

Another weather event is expected later in the week with more substantial falls predicted at this stage.

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