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Huge Downpour Brings Two Years Of Drinking Water To Drought-Hit Town

A drought-crippled town in southern Queensland has been gifted with two years' worth of drinking water that flowed into its dam overnight after a huge downpour.

Residents of Warwick have finally experienced some relief from the dire drought that has wreaked havoc on the region for years.

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Leslie Dam, which supplies water to the area, nearly doubled its water capacity overnight, according to SunWater.

At 4pm on Saturday, the dam's level was recorded at 7.66 per cent. By 10.30am the next day, it had risen to 12.64 per cent.

Mayor of the Southern Downs, Tracy Dobie, said the rain has gifted the arid town with two years of drinking water in the Leslie Dam.

"We have had almost as much rain in January and February as we had in all of 2019," she told AAP.

In 2015, the dam dropped to its lowest water levels in five years, Warwick Daily News reported.

Benches are partially submerged as water overflows the banks of the Parramatta River after heavy rains in Sydney. Image: AAP

Residents had been urged to conserve water in summer, as the town continued to be crippled by the drought.

The community of Stanthorpe, near the border with NSW, also received much needed rain after running out of drinking water in January.

Due to water shortages, the town had been forced to truck water from Connolly Dam, which is 60 kilometres north of Stanthorpe.

Dobie said Connolly Dam got a good soaking but the town's main supply, Storm King Dam, did not receive enough to stop water trucking.

"We got one month of water into Storm King Dam, but we are looking at needing six months worth of rain to stop the trucking," she said.

Some of NSW's dams have also swelled to their highest levels in years.

Water overflows the banks of the Parramatta River after heavy rains in Sydney on Friday. Image: AAP

Sydney Water says storage levels at Warragamba Dam, the primary source of water for urban Sydney, have risen from 42 to 63 percent over the weekend.

The dam, west of Sydney, recorded its best water levels in three years and water supply could continue to increase to 70 percent.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) said in the last four days about 391.6 millimetres of rainfall has fallen over Sydney.

With AAP

Contact Eden at egillespie@networkten.com.au