Cecil Plains irrigators hoping for sunshine

Cecil Plains irrigators face anxious wait to assess impact of recent rains.
Cecil Plains irrigators face anxious wait to assess impact of recent rains. Contributed

CECIL Plains irrigator Graham Clapham is hoping for sunshine.

Mr Clapham said it was impossible to assess the damage to his 500 hectares of crops ready for harvest because of the boggy conditions.

"We have already had too much of a good thing," he said.

"The cotton crops are showing signs of stress from too much moisture."

Mr Clapham said he hasn't seen an entire day of sunshine in more than a month. That was a far cry from late January when he told The Chronicle farmers were desperate for more rain.

But farmers are now unable to harvest due to boggy and saturated conditions.

"On the positive side, our fallow fields are chock-a-block full of moisture. Our water availability is looking quite secure."

Focus has turned to the Condamine River on the Western Downs, as flood levels continue to rise along the river system.

At Condamine, the river was at moderate flood levels yesterday, at 7.1m and rising.

Western Downs Mayor Ray Brown said council would try and keep the town's bridge open as long as possible, but there was potential for the town to be cut off when the peak arrives late today or early tomorrow.

Loudoun Bridge, linking Dalby to Tara and Moonie, was swamped on Monday.

Major flood levels were recorded for the Condamine River at the Warra-Kogan Rd bridge and at Brigalow Bridge at midday yesterday.

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