This picture of Moogerah Dam was taken on December 29, 2019.
This picture of Moogerah Dam was taken on December 29, 2019.

Before and after shots of drought-stricken Moogerah Dam

THE recent downpours which have gloriously fallen from the skies after back to back thunderstorms have helped to bring life back to a region that had almost forgotten what rain was.

Karen Diggles, who owns 50 acres on the shores of Moogerah Dam near Aratula, southwest of Ipswich, was thrilled to receive roughly 130mm of liquid gold in the past month.

This picture of Moogerah Dam was taken on January 20, 2020 after roughly 100mls of rain in the first few weeks of the month.
This picture of Moogerah Dam was taken on January 20, 2020 after roughly 100mls of rain in the first few weeks of the month.

Mrs Diggles happily shared some before and after photos of her property which shows grass that was once dead looking lusciously green again.

"We got some rain at Christmas time, which was roughly about 30mm. That greened it up for a few days, but then it disappeared again," she said.

Karen Diggle, also known as the Lady on the Lake, has lived on the shores of Moogerah Dam for 22 years. She has opened up part of her 50 acres of land for a campground that families can hire.
Karen Diggle, also known as the Lady on the Lake, has lived on the shores of Moogerah Dam for 22 years. She has opened up part of her 50 acres of land for a campground that families can hire.

 

"Then on Wednesday and Thursday (January 15,16) we got 40mm in that two groups of rain.

"In the past few days we have had a further 62mm which was fantastic.

"I have four tanks at the house, and they were almost empty, but now they are full.

"I also have a further two tanks down on the bottom of my property, which is where I run a campground for family groups to hire out.

"Those two tanks are also full which is good because if we hadn't have got that good rain, I would have been forced to buy water."

This picture of Moogerah Dam was taken on December 29, 2019.
This picture of Moogerah Dam was taken on December 29, 2019.

It's been a long time between drinks for residents out west, with Mrs Diggles unable to recall the last major rainfall.

"I literally cannot remember the last time we had some good rain or storms. That's really bad isn't it," she said.

"If we did get rain, it's only been the odd 10 or 12mm here and there, nothing significant.

"I had to buy water at the beginning of last year, and I didn't mow my lawn once."

The native wildlife has also been enjoying the wetter weather, with Mrs Diggles noticing more kangaroos, koalas and hares than usual.

"All my animals are happy. They have been hiding under the trees searching for food and water. I was putting water under the trees for them though," she said.

"I now have lots more hares around, and more koalas than I have ever had before.

"There's lots of moisture on the ground and puddles, and moisture in the leaves."

While she is rejoicing now, more rain is needed to boost the dam and the surrounding regions.

Mrs Diggles fears the ground could dry up quickly once again.

"We do desperately need more rain. We need that rain to survive," she said.

"We need that rain to drink and to help our farmers. Our farmers are known for things like carrots and onions, so we need the water for our food."

Picture of the shore at Moogerah Dam following the drought.
Picture of the shore at Moogerah Dam following the drought.

According to the SEQ Water website, Moogerah Dam is currently at 29.4 per cent capacity, or 24,663 ML.

A Bureau of Meteorology spokesperson said since January 1, Boonah had received 87mm and Tamborine had received 173mm.

The spokesperson said parts of the Scenic Rim, as well as Ipswich, will receive more rain and thunderstorms until early next week when the storms push out west away from the coast.

"We have an unstable weather pattern at the moment so we are in for more storms and rain this afternoon, which will continue into the evening," the spokesperson said.

"Today's (Tuesday) storms will start a little later than the storms yesterday, but will continue into the night.

"The storms have been more widespread recently, but they will be a little more isolated from today and that pattern will continue over the next few days.

"There is still the possibility of severe thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts and some hail, as these significant storms become more isolated from Wednesday and the latter part of the week.

"These showers and storms will continue through until next early to mid next week."

If you would like to know more about Mrs Diggle's camping facilities, log onto www.ladyonthelake.com.au or search Lady on the Lake on Facebook and Instagram.

More kangaroos have been seen near Moogerah Dam since the heavy downpours.
More kangaroos have been seen near Moogerah Dam since the heavy downpours.


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