Travellers stranded as rains force track closure

Published: May 30, 2015

About 40 Outback travellers have been stranded by heavy rain in the South Australian town of William Creek.

Flooding has forced the closure of the unsealed roads to Marree and Coober Pedy and the Oodnadatta Track … and low cloud has grounded aircraft.

Local resident Talia Sheppard told the ABC that people were making the best of it at the local hotel until the weather improved.

“It sounds like it’s hanging around for the next few days as well,” she said. “So it’s a bit hard to give anyone an indication of when the roads might start drying up again and opening up.”

Apparently, not many visitors were too upset about the rain.

“It’s beautiful for the countryside for them to see water lying around, it’s when the outback sort of flourishes,” said Ms Sheppard. “They’re pretty lucky to see it like that.”

The weather bureau said between 25mm and 50mm of rain was expected in the next day or so.

* Have you been affected by the Outback rains? Comment below.


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7 years ago

The road into 40 mile, Sth of Karratha WA was closed for a couple of days but opened again on Friday 29th May. We had on going rain for nearly a week at times quite heavy, Beautiful weather now.


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