Chaos As Wild Weather & Flooding Blacks Out SA Properties
Severe winds and torrential rain flooded homes, blocked roads and brought down trees as they battered the Adelaide Hills and parts of South Australia.
The wild weather today also caused widespread blackouts, with close to 5000 properties without power at one stage.
The State Emergency Service said it had taken almost 400 calls for help by mid-afternoon, many involving water getting into homes or trees over roads and buildings.
Flooding across a wide area included an oval inundated at Bridgewater, as well as homes at Hahndorf and buildings and businesses throughout the Adelaide Hills.
Several waterways broke their banks, forcing several roads to be closed, and the Bureau of Meteorology maintained severe weather and flood warnings.
The bureau said a deep low-pressure system was packing wind gusts of more than 90km/h and could bring up to 80mm of rain before conditions moderated late in the day.
Rainfall totals from 9am on Wednesday included 36mm at Mt Lofty and 27mm at Mt Barker.
Widespread power blackouts ranged from Currency Creek, south of Adelaide, to Nuriootpa, in the Barossa Valley.
The wild weather also forced the closure of some national parks and cancelled ferry services between Kangaroo Island and the mainland.
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Source: AAP/Staff Writers