121-year-old rain­fall record is shat­tered

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DALBY has recorded its wettest Oc­to­ber ever, and there’s still six days left in the month.

The town has re­ceived 184mm to date, beat­ing out the for­mer high of 169mm which was set in Oc­to­ber of 1897.

Bureau of Me­te­o­rol­ogy fore­caster Adam Blazak said BOM has recorded rain­fall in Dalby since 1870, though data col­lec­tion meth­ods weren’t as ac­cu­rate be­fore 1960.

“It’s the most rain that has ever fallen in Dalby since we be­gan record­ing,” Mr Blazak said.

“The in­ter­est­ing thing about the sys­tem which drenched the area on the week­end was the speed in which the rain fell... Toowoomba air­port re­ceived 22mm in 10 min­utes.”

Bod­ies of wa­ter were ly­ing around town for mul­ti­ple days, while the Ed­ward Street was also closed due to flood­ing.

Since the week­end down­pour Dalby has only re­ceived min­i­mal rain­fall, with a dry week­end fore­cast.

OVER­FLOW­ING: Wa­ter goes over the Ed­ward Street weir.

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