The moment dried up stream springs 'back to life' after much needed rain

Melissa Buttigieg
News Reporter

This is the moment a dried-up NSW stream “came back to life” as rainwater filled the drought-affected banks with flowing water.

Brendan James Fox took out his mobile phone and pushed record while he watched the Winburndale Rivulet transform before his eyes in just seconds.

Sharing the remarkable footage to Facebook on Friday morning, he wrote: “The Winburndale came back to life last evening after storms around Peel NSW.”

This is the moment a dried-up Winburndale Rivulet in NSW “came back to life” as rainwater filled the drought-affected banks with flowing water. Source: Brendan James Fox

“Halleluja!” he exclaimed while watching on in amazement, following a devastatingly dry 2018.

He told Yahoo7 News the video was filmed from Youngers’ Bridge on Rivulet Road, north west of Peel, below the junction with Clear Creek.

In the video, Mr Fox can be heard chatting with a woman about the dangers of changed conditions to those camping in creek beds.

One woman who watched the clip on Facebook agreed, writing: “Wow that’s cool! Perfect example of why they warn us to check causeways during /after rain events before crossing. Imagine being on causeway when that came!”

Another added: ” I’m not surprised. Limekilns Rd was flooded between Forest grove and Yarras Lane upstream. I have never seen anything like it! Thanks for sharing!”

A Winburndale Rivulet transforms from a dry bed to a flowing stream in seconds. Source: Source: Brendan James Fox

Thousands of fish die in NSW drought

The transformed stream comes as hundreds of thousands of fish are dying in far western NSW as drought conditions continue to grip the state.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries and WaterNSW are investigating a large fish kill in several rivers and dams at Menindee after a sharp cool change hit the region following a period of very hot weather.

“The ongoing drought conditions across western NSW have resulted in fish kills in a number of waterways recently,” DPI senior fisheries manager Anthony Townsend said in a statement on Monday.

The sudden large drops in temperature may have disrupted an existing algal bloom in the region, killing the algae and depleting dissolved oxygen, worsening the water quality for fish, Mr Townsend said.