Team response to Junee’s wet weekend lauded

BIG WET: The system sitting over Junee on Saturday. Photo: Struan Timms Photography.
BIG WET: The system sitting over Junee on Saturday. Photo: Struan Timms Photography.

Junee received well over the monthly average for rainfall in just two days over the weekend. 

30.6mm fell on Saturday at the sewerage treatment works followed by 30.4mm on Sunday, smashing December’s monthly average of 41mm. 

However, the numbers are a far cry from the wettest ever December day, with 75.7mm falling on Christmas Eve, 1971. 

While initial forecasts jumped the gun on the volume of rain, the wet weather didn’t come without some drama with the SES reporting 18 call outs in the Junee area. 

SES spokesperson Heidi Groom said the calls were largely for standard storm damage complaints such as leaking roofs and calls for sandbags. 

“Rivers peaked at below minor in most places, we’re still monitoring but at this stage but it’s seems we’re through the worst and not expecting any further impact,” Ms Groom said. 

“People should still be aware there’s a lot of water around, overland flow, roads affected and the amount of water in the soil will make it very muddy and boggy.” 

Most call-outs were dealt with by midday Sunday. 

Ms Groom also warned residents to take precautions against mosquitoes in the damp conditions and continue monitoring the weather. 

“We’ve had a fair soaking, so it’s important in the coming weeks to keep monitoring,” she said. 

“If another storm comes over it wont take much for river levels to rise and more flooding to happen.”

Sabina Wunsch, manager of the Junee Motor Inn was impressed with the Junee team’s speed and efficiency when they attended the hotel on Saturday. 

The garage flooded in the morning, with a huge puddle, about 10 square metres of water, proving too much for the staff to manage alone. 

“They were very quick on site which was amazing,” she said. 

“There was so much rain coming down didn’t know where to go and ran into the garage. After just 15 minutes the first car arrived with two people, and five minutes later five people arrived to help and all seven were completely engaged in helping. 

“It was great team work.” 

The Junee Volunteer Rescue Association and Rural Fire Service and volunteers from the community assisting in sandbagging on Friday, November 29. 

The Bureau of Meteorology forecast light showers up to 5mm will fall in Junee until Saturday with a predicted sunny 28 and 31 degrees on Saturday and Sunday respectively.