Heavy rain has hit South Australia’s outback closing a number of roads well loved by grey nomads.
The ABC reports that sections of the Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Strzlecki tracks are all closed after more than 26 millimetres of rain fell in the past 24 hours. And the town of Marree is isolated by floodwaters and could be cut off until after Christmas.
In Mount Dare, the pub, campground and cabins are all dry, thanks to a recently constructed levy but the surrounding roads are more like rivers.
Publican Graham Scott said there had been around 50 millimetres of rain but there were no tourists in town.
“This time of year not many people come through at all, because it’s just too hot and the desert has been closed as of the first of December,” he told the ABC. “But during the busy season, from May until September, we have a lot of people through that are going out to cross the desert.”
The heavy rain follows South Australia’s record heatwave where Adelaide recorded four days above 40 degrees Celsius.