Flooding forecast for Adelaide Hills as sandbags are offered to residents

May 27, 2016 by

Flooding forecast for Adelaide Hills as sandbags are offered to residents
Trees have been felled by severe weather in the Adelaide Hills.

Trees have been felled by severe weather in the Adelaide Hills.

The State Emergency Service (SES) has attended about 40 jobs today related to the cold front.

Fallen trees have brought down power lines, while minor flooding and damage to roofs has kept volunteers busy.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning for Adelaide, Mount Lofty Ranges, Lower Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island and Mid North districts.

The SES has warned forecast rain could cause localised flooding in parts of the Torrens, Onkaparinga rivers and the North Para catchment.

More than 30 millimetres of rain has fallen over the area already this week and up to 50 millimetres more is forecast today.

Already this month Adelaide has received 69.4 millimetres of rain, more than the previous 60.3 millimetre record.

Localised damaging winds with gusts of in excess of 90 kilometres per hour (kph) are possible following the front which will include showers and thunderstorms, the warning said.

A wind gust of 111kph was recorded at Neptune Island this morning.

Sandbags available if needed

With minor flooding possible in the Mount Lofty Ranges this afternoon, SA Police said 4,000 empty sandbags for residents at risk of flooding had been moved to Gumeracha CFS Brigade and Nuriootpa CFS Brigade.

The site will remain open until 3pm.

The sandbags are in addition to the 6,000 bags pre-positioned by the SES in the Mount Lofty Ranges yesterday.

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Burnside Council have filled sandbags available if needed from their depot on the corner of Greenhill and Glynburn roads, in Adelaide’s eastern suburbs.

Simon Ching from the Bureau of Meteorology said the flood risk would be highest early this afternoon.

“The showers will become quite heavy from the morning, before most people get up,” he said.

He said once the rainfall accumulated, flooding would be a “real concern”.

“It’s the afternoon that the risk of flooding will be higher and we expect the showers should be easing off from around late evening period,” Mr Ching said.

The SES said people should ensure loose items such as outdoor furniture were secured and vehicles were parked undercover and away from trees.

Meanwhile, a section of a scenic route from Adelaide to the Barossa Valley has been closed as a precaution due to the forecast.

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure said Gorge Road was closed between Playford Bridge and Torrens Hill Road due to fears of unexpected rock falls.

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