Storms End But Flood Risk Re­mains In SA

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The storms are gone but flood risks re­main for many South Australians bat­tered by this week’s se­vere weather. Of most con­cern for emer­gency ser­vices are ar­eas in the Barossa Val­ley, north of Ade­laide, and around the Onka­paringa catch­ment, south of the city.

Rivers in those ar­eas are still ris­ing, with some properties al­ready inun­dated and sev­eral roads cut. Among the cen­tres of most con­cern to the north are properties along the Gawler River and oth­ers around Ta­nunda where the car­a­van park has been evac­u­ated. To the south, the State Emer­gency Service (SES) says a mod­er­ate flood risk re­mains at Old Noar­lunga and Port Noar­lunga from the Onka­paringa River and a mod­er­ate flood risk also re­mains from the Tor­rens River, which runs through Ade­laide’s north­ern sub­urbs and into the city. 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. By yes­ter­day morn­ing about 12,000 were still with­out ser­vices be­cause of the net­work fail­ure, mostly on the Eyre Penin­sula and in the far north. 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.

It also hoped to sur­vey lines to Roxby Downs and Leigh Creek from the air on Fri­day. Con­cerns are growing for some re­gional cen­tres where power has been out since Wed­nes­day, cut­ting the sup­ply of fresh food and ac­cess to fuel and cash.

The sev­eral thousand still with­out power be­cause of other storm dam­age were largely dot­ted through the Ade­laide Hills. SA Power Net­works spokesman Paul Roberts said safe ac­cess to lines and other equip­ment had proved a real is­sue dur­ing the se­vere con­di­tions with ex­tra con­trac­tors brought in to re­lieve tired crews. The Bu­reau of Meterol­ogy has can­celled all se­vere weather warn­ings for SA but has fore­cast more light rain across the flood-af­fected ar­eas.

Photo: ABC

Mel­rose farmer An­drew Wal­ter’s hay shed was de­stroyed in the storm.

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