The stingy clouds gave up the goods on Sunday afternoon, when Griffith was inundated by torrential rains that led to flooded houses, collapsed roofs, and blacked-out suburbs.
There were power outages across the entire MIA, with whole sections of Griffith, Yoogali, Coleambally, Goolgowi, Tabbita, Widgelli and Hanwood cutting out for hours at a time.
Gutters overflowed with rainwater, and Rural Fire Service volunteers were called in to help pump out some of the inundated streets.
The timing couldn't have been better for the MIA's State Emergency Service volunteers, who just so happened to be in the middle of emergency storm management training when the downpour struck.
They were already all geared up and ready to go, so the assembled volunteers immediately hit the streets of Griffith to sandbag houses, fix leaking skylights, and put tarp over cracked and collapsed roofs.
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One of them was Hillston SES volunteer Chrissie Yerburi, who said she was surprised to see the skills she'd been learning come in handy almost immediately.
"It was very good timing," Ms Yerburi said.
"Everything was explained and talked about in the course - we were just putting it into practice."
Deputy local controller Jon Belmonte said all the emergency services, including the SES and the Rural Fire Service volunteers, had done a great job in responding so quickly to the sudden downpour.
"They're all community members, they're all volunteers, they're not getting paid," Mr Belmonte said.
"Everyone is doing a great job."