A central Queensland town is still braced to run out of water by Christmas despite a welcome 95mm weekend downpour.
Miriam Vale celebrated the rain that topped up rainwater tanks and puddled in parched front yards, but disaster still looms for the tiny town, home to just over 500 people.
The Baffle Creek water source it relies on is still tipped to dry up in just over 50 days without substantial rainfall.
Gladstone regional council deputy mayor Chris Trevor says the area has been in drought too long for the weekend rain to be much help.
"We doubt it has made all that much difference," he said.
Council will test the surface water levels later this week but are not hopeful of a substantial change in the water level.
"It is so dry, whatever is coming down is just soaked up, the area is just so parched and dry.
"It was a short bust of welcome news, but sadly it's not enough."
He said the council had been trucking in water at a cost of $900 per day but is pinning its hopes on tapping into the aquifer.
"We have workers on the ground trying to bring the aquifer on stream by November."
The Bureau of Meteorology has warned there is little to no chance of rain across Queensland in the next seven days.
Australian Associated Press