All main roads in and out of Dumbleyung were closed with more than 180mm falling over the weekend (according to weather.mla.com.au). While some explored what Mother Nature brought our way by checking creeks and dams on their farms, others were being towed out to safer areas by the Dumbleyung Volunteer Fire Brigade or checking on livestock and feeding stranded sheep by kayak!
Many of the water ways which were flowing heavily over the weekend are now slowly receding, though one area flowing and filling up is Lake Dumbleyung. Reports are the last time the Lake overflowed was in 1983 and if the lake continues to rise then a new date may be added to the history books.
As the community wait to see if Lake Dumbleyung hits the 1955 record, many are enjoying water activities that were once a fond past time for many locals - including water skiing, biscuiting and kayaking. The Lakeview Golf Club also had a few visitors over the weekend, not to play golf but rather water ski on Dawson Lake with a measurement of four metres deep at the centre.
With a great water playground now available in the Shire please keep in mind that Lake Dumbleyung is a nature reserve so before making any alterations, please give DPAW a call (Narrogin office 9881 9200).
A huge thanks to the Dumbleyung Volunteer Fire Brigade, other emergency services and locals who helped people in need across flood ways, etc. The community spirit shines brightly during these unforeseen events.
All Lake Dumbleyung enquiries regarding access, tourism etc. are to be directed to the Shire of Dumbleyung on 9863 4012.