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Rainfall tops 2 inches in northern Erie, Niagara counties, breaks record

More than 2 inches of rain fell Monday in parts of Western New York, breaking a 111-year-old Buffalo record for rainfall on Oct. 9, according to the National Weather Service.

Some roads in Amherst, Tonawanda and North Tonawanda flooded Monday morning. Amherst Police tweeted photos of flooded roads in the area near Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road.

River Road was closed at about noon between Grand Island Boulevard and Sawyer Avenue in the Town of Tonawanda.

These communities topped the updated rainfall list from the weather service issued around noon:

  • Youngstown – 2.56"
  • North Buffalo – 2.37"
  • Williamsville – 2.35"
  • Kenmore – 2.29"
  • Lockport – 2.14"
  • Niagara Falls International Airport – 2.09"
  • Tonawanda – 2.07"

At the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, 1.82 inches of rain fell as of 10:54 a.m., according to the weather service.

The weather service said the 1.81 inches of rain that fell on Buffalo breaks the prior record for Oct. 9 of 1.7 inches set in 1906.

Rainfall totals in many other areas exceeded an inch, including in Elma, West Seneca, Depew and Alden.

Forecasters said the rain will continue to fall through the early afternoon. Today's high temperatures are expected to reach the upper 60s, while tonight's lows will dip into the lower 60s, according to the weather service.

Black discharge returns below Niagara Falls

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