A handful of graziers across Far West New South Wales feel like some of their prayers have been answered after receiving their heaviest rain in nearly 20 months.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, White Cliffs town had 44.8 millimetres in the rain gauge, while Wilcannia received 7mm, Packsaddle 0.2mm, and Broken Hill 0.2mm. Meanwhile, one lucky grazier near White Cliffs recorded up to 90mm.

Britt Anderson, who operates Cymbric Vale Station 180 kilometres north-east of Broken Hill, said the region had been exceptionally dry but now had “beautiful puddles”.

“This is huge for us,” she said.

“We actually haven’t had any running water since March 2020. We’ve had four mil here and two mil there, but nothing of significance.”

‘Couldn’t have come sooner’ 

While the drought has broken across much NSW — large parts of the Far West are still struggling, having received little to no rainfall in the past year.

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“There’s some beautiful puddles I can tell you now.

“It was exceptionally dry, but in the next few days I can imagine some green pick will come up and it will start looking fresh again,” she said.

Residents in and around White Cliffs say dams are filling and creeks are flowing after the downpour.

A dam nearing capacity following rainfall at Cymbric Station in far western NSW.

Cymbric Vale Station received its most rainfall since March 2020 in this week’s downpour.  (Supplied: Britt Anderson)

For White Cliffs resident and Glen Hope Station’s Honor Taylor the rain is a welcome relief.

When rain is forecast, Ms Taylor brings her two children to stay in town.

“Me and the kids pack up a bunch of clothes and we come into White Cliffs and we stay out at the shop and the hubby stays out at home,” she said.

They are now waiting for the dirt road conditions to improve before driving back to their station.

dirt road flooded near white cliffs

A number of dirt roads are closed across the Central Darling Shire due to heavy rain. (Supplied: Honor Taylor)

Annette Turner, who lives in a dugout at White Cliffs, said she received “65 millimetres in 40 minutes” on Wednesday night on top of 30mm the previous morning.

Fortunately, Ms Turner says the damage isn’t too bad — and she’s hoping more rain is on its way.

While the scattered heavy falls were a welcome relief for those fortunate enough to receive them, it certainly won’t break the drought — nor will it help the majority who missed out. 

“You know we’ve had this long period of drought and then when you do get a soaking rain, and then you have issues, and then you just fix them up and move and wait on for the next one,” Ms Turner said. 

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