Flood of Port Augusta after 45mm rain within 3 hours


Port Augusta, a normally dry South Australian town 308 km (191 miles) north of Adelaide, was flooded on Monday night after a heavy storm rained 45 mm within three hours.

In a social media post on Tuesday, Mayor Brett Benbow showed the Port Augusta Central Oval turned into a swimming pool.

He also said that the influx of water affected businesses, homes and cars.

“The council feels those people, and hopefully you can get back on track as soon as possible,” he said.

Benbow said the town’s drainage system is struggling as large amounts of water are generated in such a short period of time and debris from trees creates a dam effect.

After a warning from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) on Monday, South Australia could experience even more extreme rainfall in the next few days, with 50-100 mm of rainfall in many parts of the northern idyllic region. It is expected to rain. It rains every day.

Chris Beattie, Chief Executive Officer of South Australia Emergency Services (SASES), Said Their crew responded to more than 100 requests for help on Monday night, most of them in Port Augusta.

“The SASESS wiftwater technicians have done a lot of rescue to save people caught in flash floods,” he said.

Meanwhile, 20 tonnes of groceries allocated to Coober Pedy, an outback town in South Australia, 846 km (526 miles) northwest of Adelaide, were successfully delivered.

Supplies were brought in on four Royal Australian Air Force flights on Tuesday, with more flights scheduled in the coming days.

This happened after bad weather and all roads to the town, including the Stuart Highway, which serves South Australia’s State Emergency Services (SASES) Coober Pedy from north to south due to a flood in the northern part of the state. Access has been lost. report.

Beatty said the RAAF’s operations went smoothly.

“For everyone involved, this is a well-implemented and collaborative effort and we are very grateful for the support of the Australian Defense Force,” he said.

Beatty warned that many roads in the idyllic districts northeast and northwest of the state were closed, impassable, or extremely dangerous.

“We are asking people to stay away from these areas, or if you are in these places, stop and rethink your non-essential trip,” he said. ..

Not only are the roads blocked, but the railroad routes are also affected, and there are 18 railroad corridors in the state, so there are no trains from South Australia to the Northern Territory or Western Australia.

Beattie said the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is evaluating and coordinating track repairs, at which point restoration is expected to be completed by mid-February.

Steve Milne

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