Major Flood Warnings For South Australia
Flooding in the Barossa town of Tanunda today. Photo: AAP/David Mariuz
The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a major flood warning for the Gawler River Catchment, and a moderate warning for the Torrens River.
There are also concerns – albeit lesser – for the Onkaparinga, the Angas and Bremer rivers and the Light and Wakefield rivers.
The State Emergency Service warns the the Gawler flooding could threaten residents’ safety.
“Suburbs which may be impacted include Hillier, Gawler River, Angle Vale, Penfield Gardens, Two Wells, Lewiston, Virginia, Port Gawler and Buckland Park,” it said in a statement.
“Water levels are continually rising in the Gawler River and flooding is already occurring. The river is expected to break its banks later today.”
“If you live or work in these areas you should check and action your Emergency Flood Plan now. Prepare your family and home for flooding in your area. Move items of value to a safe place. If your plan is to leave, if you require time to leave or if you are not prepared, you should consider leaving now.”
Rivers in some areas are still rising, with some properties already inundated and several roads cut.
Concerns to the north are centred on properties along the Gawler River and others around Tanunda where the caravan park has been evacuated.
The SES has issued a warning for people not to enter floodwaters by car or on foot after crews performed six swift-water rescues involving motorists stranded in their vehicles.
But the flood concerns for other centres, including Port Pirie and Clare have reduced after a wild night of destructive winds and heavy rain.
Improving weather across the state has allowed SA Power Networks to reconnect more properties after Wednesday’s statewide blackout and ongoing issues with storm damage.
SA Power Networks said this morning about 10,000 properties were still without power due to transmission loss, mostly on the Eyre Peninsula and in the far north. A further 18,000 properties have lost distribution in the past 24 hours due to the wild weather.
Transmission company ElectraNet says ground crews are continuing to work on the line between Cleve and Port Lincoln to repair a fault that only became evident during an earlier attempt to restore services.
Courtesy of indaily.com.au