Mud, slosh and water damage inside the newly rebuilt Woolooga Hall.
Mud, slosh and water damage inside the newly rebuilt Woolooga Hall. Contributed

Record fall sinks town again

LONG-time Woolooga rainfall recorder Ted Dray says it was no wonder the small town of Woolooga went under water again.

The Woolooga Hotel, shops, hall and homes have been inundated for the second time in two years.

The last time Woolooga flooded was in 2011 during the rain event that wiped out Grantham and flooded Toowoomba.

At the time it was thought to be the first time the town had floodwater in the main street.

Mr Dray said he was not surprised the town went under again.

He said a 24-hour rainfall record was set during the weekend.

Mr Dray has been recording rainfall data on his property since 1947.

He said in the 24 hours to 9am Sunday 393mm fell on his property.

It was the highest 24-hour reading he had ever recorded.

The next largest fall was in 1955 when 235mm fell at Woolooga.

Mr Dray said over the six days 624mm of rain had landed in his gauge.

So far 629mm had fallen in January, just 42mm short of the all-time record.

That was set in January 2011 when 671mm fell.

The second highest January rainfall was in 1974 when 641mm fell.

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