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Record rains flood into Erath

The rainfalls starting last month continued this week, bringing storms and flash flood watches over the weekend and carrying records for this region and state.

The Southeast Regional Climate Center proclaimed the first 13 days of October as the third-wettest such period for Dallas-Fort Worth.

The rainfall for the first 15 days was reported at just more than 9 inches for the region by NBC 5’s weather team. This is 7.23 inches higher than normal.

Texas does normally see a spike in rainfall in October, due to involvement from tropical storms or hurricanes. However, no tropical storm or hurricane is in the Gulf to precipitate this record rainfall.

These numbers follow a September that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said was the wettest September since 1895.

Locally, consistent rainfall and storms led to flooded areas around the county and two wash-outs in Dublin, one on N. Post Oak and another on S. Camden.

The rainfall was a welcome relief to Lake Proctor, which rose from 1,155.62 feet on Oct. 9 to 1,159.13 feet on Tuesday. It rose to 1161 by Wednesday morning. That is just one foot below conservation level.

For a weekly round-up of rainfall throughout the area, see Page A4.

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