Floods & Winds Wreak Havoc In SA – What To Expect Today!
It’s been a rough start to Spring in South Australia, with severe winds and torrential rain flooding homes, blocking roads and bringing down trees this week. Battering the Adelaide Hills and parts of South Australia.
Thankfully, the worst of the storm is over, but flood warnings are still in place for a number of rivers in SA – including Gawler River, Onkaparinga River & Angas and Bremer Rivers.
Flood Warnings are current for the Angas, Bremer, Gawler and Onkaparinga rivers. More information available at https://t.co/fZBljweyKN— SA SES (@SA_SES) September 14, 2016
The Bureau of Meteorology said the forecast was for more moderate conditions for today with only showers and light winds.
The wild weather may have died down, but homes and businesses are flooded and roads remain closed across the Adelaide Hills after a day of torrential rain and gale-force winds.
Water levels in the Onkaparinga river have peaked while the Bremer and Angas rivers were expected to have peaked but further flooding was still possible downstream.
Water continued to be released from the Mt Bold Reservoir causing problems around Clarendon.
And a minor flood warning has also been issued for the upper Gawler River catchment, where totals of up to 34mm have been recorded.
At the height of the drama on Wednesday students and staff from the Rapid Bay Primary School, south of Adelaide, had to be rescued after floodwaters surrounded the town and cut access to the school.
Homes, shops and other buildings across the Mt Lofty Ranges were also flooded along with some in Adelaide's eastern suburbs, with the worst hit areas the town's of Bridgewater, Aldgate and Hahndorf.
Several roads were closed after being cut by rising water or because of damage from mudslides and subsiding ground. The wild conditions were the result of an intense low-pressure system which formed over South Australia, packing wind gusts of more than 90km/h and rainfall of more than 80mm.
The State Emergency Service took more than 700 calls for help, most for water into properties or for trees across roads and buildings.
The conditions also resulted in a series of power outages from Currency Creek, south of Adelaide, to Nuriootpa, in the Barossa Valley affecting thousands of properties. But by late on Wednesday only about 500 were still to have electricity supplies restored.
Main Image: Mitcham Council SA & ABC News