Beyond 39 Drips

61.8 mms rain or 2.4 inches in old money, fell on Broken Hill yesterday in rainfall that was reminiscent of pre global warming days.

The rain was the result of a massive tropical low that on Sunday covered the Northern Territory and part of Queensland sending rain through central Australia to Broken Hill.

Lanes turned into rivers, roundabouts vanished below water and cars looked like boats ploughing through water creating massive wakes as they went.

Roads into Broken Hill were flooded and closed including Silverton, Menindee and the Nine Mile unsealed section.

The Wilcannia Road water subsided and is still rated drive with caution.

Beyond the 39 dips to Silverton 28mm fell, which was a blessing to Silverton Photography.

They received 37mm on Friday and had their front paddock flooded.

“We tried to drive into Silverton over the Black Hill Creek and ended up in axel deep silt,” Helen Murray said.

She said the road to Silverton was cut again on Monday and when it gets like that all they can do is sit and wait.

As of Tuesday all of the local roads (unsealed) were closed except the Tandou Road.

Tuesday afternoon the Barrier Highway was open to Cockburn, the Silver City Highway to Wentworth and the Silver City Highway from Packsaddle to Tibooburra but Broken Hill to Packsaddle is still closed.

Before travelling check the road conditions by going to Traffic Live NSW.

Put in your place of departure and destination then you can check conditions on the map.

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