Rainfall Brings Relief To Firefighters, Farmers

The falls were widespread..

26 February 2018

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The rain that's been drenching the Hunter has fallen where we need it the most, with widespread falls from the coast to the valley.

Newcastle received its biggest downpour since winter last year. Merewether copped 66mm in the 24 hours to 9am Monday.

More importantly, the rain soaked rural parts of the Hunter where our farmers have been dealing with a crippling drought.

"The Barrington Tops received 67mm which is good for the catchments, while in Merriwa 50mm (out of 89mm) fell in just one hour from a thunderstorm," Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Rob Taggart said.

The rain was also welcome relief for firefighters who've been working on the 695 bushfire at Putty for the past month.

The 19,000ha fire has now been officially listed as 'contained'.

"We've had over 90mm of rain across the fireground that's seen a significant reduction in fire activity," RFS spokesperson Matt Horwood said.

"Just a few remaining hot spots are continuing to burn and smoulder."

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