RECORDS CRUM­BLE

The dam­age bill con­tin­ues to mount for the Shire of Wan­der­ing af­ter record rain­fall fur­ther dam­aged roads in the wake of Fe­bru­ary’s floods.

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Pic­tures: Shire of Wan­der­ing

Wan­der­ing re­ceived more than 130mm of rain in 24 hours last Thurs­day, break­ing the June daily record.

In com­par­i­son, Nar­ro­gin and Wil­liams re­ceived less than 40mm, and Katan­ning had a frac­tion more than 5mm.

Since Bu­reau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy records be­gan in 1887, Wan­der­ing has only had five days of rain­fall with more than 100mm, and two of those days have been this year.

The first day of more than 100mm rain was in 1934, and the towns’ big­gest 24-hour rain­fall of 137.9mm came in 1955. The next day came in 1982, and just four months ago Wan­der­ing recorded 107.6mm in 24 hours. The of­fi­cial to­tal for last week’s rain­fall was 130.8mm, Wan­der­ing’s sec­ond­largest to­tal in a 24-hour pe­riod since records be­gan.

Much of the town re­mains un­scathed, al­though Reid Road was heav­ily hit and re­mains closed due to dam­age sus­tained in the down­pour.

Shire of Wan­der­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Amanda O’Hal­lo­ran said there were about 15 roads with dam­age from rain.

“Most of the dam­age is an ex­ten­sion of dam­age al­ready caused with the Fe­bru­ary rain,” she said.

“We had just got­ten to the point where ev­ery­thing was signed off and ready to go and now we have this.

“We’ll take pho­tos and do as­sess­ments and go from there.”

Pic­tures: Sharon Smith

Wil­liams farmer Mark Fowler with his son Hugh, 5, en­joy tor­ren­tial rains fi­nally fall­ing on their oaten hay pad­dock.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

Mo­ramock­in­ing Road has suf­fered dam­age af­ter more than 130mm of rain fell on Wan­der­ing in 24 hours.

Wil­liams farmer Mark Fowler with son Hugh, 5.

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