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AU: Wide Bay growers see losses after floods hit Queensland cropsFarmers in the Wide Bay region of Australia are reeling from the impact of the wettest October day on record.
Bundaberg copped 335 millimetres of rain during 24 hours of heavy storms, with 240 millimetres falling in just six hours.
Chairman of Bundaberg Fruit and Vegetable Growers Allan Mahoney said his farm was swamped in the deluge.
"I just walked most of the property, we've got water views down the south-eastern end of our place, so our neighbours are swimming at the moment," he said.
"It was definitely a hard drop, it all depends on the commodity and the different stages but there's going to be varying amounts of damage.
"Some crops just wouldn't have handled it at all unfortunately."
Mr Mahoney is yet to check with growers in some parts of the district, but expects losses will be severe.
"North side of Bundaberg I've heard of some pretty harrowing stories already, [but] I'm yet to talk to guys down in the south end."
The storm comes after one of the driest winters on record for southern Queensland, with low prices for fruit and vegetables slashing farm profits.
Now the long-awaited rain has fallen, it has done more damage than the drought for many growers.
"Really needed that rain, we just didn't need it that hard or that fast," Mr Mahoney said.
"Seasons are not seasonal anymore … storms seem to be more ferocious, downpours seem to be a lot harder."
Read more at abc.net.au
Publication date: 10/3/2017
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