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Overflow makes history

NEW AND OLD: Life long Wooroolin resident Ken Dalton, 76 and his great-grandson Tyler Fuller-Sandys, 2 are both amazed to see the town's swamp over flowing for the first time.
NEW AND OLD: Life long Wooroolin resident Ken Dalton, 76 and his great-grandson Tyler Fuller-Sandys, 2 are both amazed to see the town's swamp over flowing for the first time. Jordan Philp

GENERATIONS of Wooroolin residents were shocked when the town's wetlands began overflowing on Monday night.

Heavy rainfall in the last month meant the Wooroolin swamp broke its banks for the first time.

For lifelong Wooroolin resident Ken Dalton, it was a bizarre sight to see.

"I have never seen it overflow in my 76 years of living here," he said.

"It definitely is the first time it has ever happened so it certainly is a bit of history."

Before the 2010 and 2011 floods the Wooroolin wetlands were relatively dry for decades.

Mr Dalton said the water levels following the 1974 floods were small in comparison to now.

He recalled driving through the centre of the swamp to get from his friend's peanut farm to the Wooroolin pub.

Wooroolin resident Chris Horne, 28, said he remembered riding bikes through the swamp in the late 1990s.

"We used to ride pretty much right through the middle of it," he said.

"There were odd wet patches, but it was pretty much completely empty and you could get all the way through."

South Burnett Regional Councillor Cheryl Dalton said the sight was unbelievable.

"Unfortunately a couple's farm has been inundated from the flood waters," she said.

"But we never thought it would ever overflow."

After seeing many seasons in his time, Mr Dalton said he believed the weather patterns were changing.

"I can remember we would get monsoon rains, but it was never like this."

 

What you didn't know about Wooroolin:

The town was established in 1898

The Wooroolin store was opened by Dan Dalton in 1907 and closed in 1999

Wooroolin State School was opened in 1911 near where the Grand Hotel now stands

Wooroolin's current pub, The Grand Hotel, was established in 1916

Throughout the town's history it has been the home of four different pubs

A major fire in 1932 destroyed many shops in the main street.

 

What memories do you have from the Wooroolin swamp?

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