Prayers for rain may be rewarded

PRAYERS for rain in Ipswich could soon be answered, with the weather bureau predicting a wet weekend. Bureau of Meteorology senior forecaster Vikash Prasad said Ipswich could expect showers today and light rain on Sunday. Later next week, there was a chance of showers and storms, Mr Prasad said. SEQWater operations manager Rob Drury said while the prediction of rain was encouraging, significant falls in catchment areas would be needed to make an impact on dam levels. Yesterday morning, the combined level of Wivenhoe, Somerset and North Pine Dams was at 25.4%, the lowest level on record. This weekend's forecast follows a prayer for rain service held at St Paul's Anglican Church, held in conjunction with churches across the state. Archdeacon Matthew Jones said he was "absolutely thrilled" with the attendance of 120 people. "When people of faith ask God humbly for what we need, he gives it," Archdeacon Jones said. "We don't always get what we want but we get what we need. Then we must be God's stewards looking after what we are given. "We have wasted a lot of water in the past doing things like hosing concrete driveways, and restrictions have made us all aware of how precious water is." A week of statewide prayer for rain will be held from November 5 to 12.



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