One of the most famously grey-nomad friendly town in the country has seen some flooding as parts of regional South Australia have been smashed with torrential rain.
The town of Kimba, on the Eyre Peninsula, was said to have been at the epicentre of the weather event, receiving 160 millimetres of rain this morning.
The homestead of Winter Springs, about 30 kilometres from Kimba had it even worse, and recorded 181.4mm of rain in the 24-hour period leading up to 9am this morning.
That’s is the most rain on a single day in any month since data was first recorded at the site 53 years ago.
Senior forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology Tom Boeck said western and northern parts of the state have experienced phenomenal downpours.
“It has been very heavy in some places and we have seen rainfall records for January broken in several areas across the Eyre Peninsula,” he said.
The Kimba Bowling Club thought saw the lighter side. On its Facebook page, it said: ‘A good soaking of rain means we have two new swimming pools, rather than a green and car park’.
Kimba has made enormous efforts to attract grey nomads to town.
“Tourism is massively important to Kimba and becoming more so,” Mayor Dean Johnson has said previously. “One of our challenges has been population decline, and we’ve not only stopped that but turned it around and started to see it grow again … our free camping strategy is working a treat, people are coming and staying for a few days.”
Campers in other towns such as Streaky Bay have also been affected with plenty of water in evidence a places like Streaky Bay’s Islands Caravan Park.
Sara Pulford, of the SES, said campers should avoid setting up their tents, or parking vehicles in and around creeks, and instead seek higher ground until the weather event eases.
“People should also be mindful that it doesn’t need to be raining where they are because they can be impacted by creek flows caused by rain upstream of them,” she said. “Motorists should be on high alert for flooding, drive to the conditions and always avoid driving through floodwaters.”
A number of roads north of the Eyre Peninsula have been closed due to flooding.
The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned of more severe weather, with ‘heavy to locally intense rainfall’ still expected across parts of the state.
A flood watch has been issued for districts including the Mid North, Flinders Ranges, West Coast, Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula.