Caravan park evacuated as wild weather causes floods

Published: September 30, 2016
Flooding in South Australia

The wild weather that has lashed so much of southern Australia is continuing to cause chaos for grey nomads and other travellers.

As well as causing widespread power outages and hazardous driving conditions, the wild winds and driving rains have caused flooding and caravan park evacuations. The South Australian town of Clare is facing isolation, with the Hutt River bursting its banks and running over the Horrocks Highway.

Police are urging people living or travelling through the region to closely monitor conditions and say both the township and its caravan park have been impacted.

Clare Valley Winemakers chief executive Tanya Matz said ‘patches of roads’ in the region had been washed away, and that vans at the caravan park had been moved to higher ground at the showgrounds.

While South Australia in particular has already been caned by vicious storms, the experts say there is still more to come. More destructive winds have been forecast to lash Kangaroo Island, the Yorke Peninsula and South Australia’s mid north while Adelaide appears to have ‘escaped the worst’.

The ABC reports that strong waves have also battered coastlines and caused damaged to the Port Rickaby jetty on Yorke Peninsula. Port Broughton resident Kylie Thomas said several people had evacuated after high tide flooded houses and shacks on the Yorke Peninsula.

“The water was coming pretty much straight into the beachside door right down the side of the house and then into the carport,” she told the ABC.”It was just flowing like a river. The waves were just crashing up against the house, like the front verandah was just a beach so it was pretty horrible to see that.”

SES chief officer Chris Beattie warned that if the weather event hit Adelaide, SES crews would be “stretched beyond capacity” but Victorian crews were on standby to help.

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