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Extreme weather warning issued for South Australia this weekend

A precautionary ‘Community Self Help Sand Bag Location’ is being made available from 1pm today for those concerned about possible flooding.

The City of Charles Sturt has issued extreme weather warning for this weekend, announcing that they have prepared to respond the forecasted heavy rainfall when inevitably needed.

From 1pm today, a precautionary ‘Community Self Help Sand Bag Location’ will be available at Charles Road for anyone concerned about possible flooding of their properties.

While sand and bags are available, the City of Charles Sturt has advised that residents will need to bring their own shovels to fill the bags.

A limited number of filled sandbags will also be available on Toogood Avenue, Beverley, on a “first come, first served” basis. You will be able to find that station across the the Toogood Avenue Recycling and Waste Centre.

Staff from the City of Charles Sturt are monitoring the situation and will continue to make sand and bags available until the rain passes and/or they run out of supplies.

Staff are currently delivering sand bags to known high risk addresses, and will advise further if the extreme weather will become even more of a concern.

There are flood warnings being issued beyond the City of Charles Sturt, so continue to monitor the Bureau of Meteorology website and social media for the latest weather updates.

Additional flood warning have been issued for inland rivers across SA, including the Diamantina River between Birdsville and the Goyder Lagoon.

High flows with the potential for flooding are occurring around the area, which may cut access to roads and access tracks, particularly river crossings. This may impact travel in the region.

Floodwaters are also expected to reach Warburton River and Copper Creek.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, June-to-August rainfall is very likely to be above median for much of the country. 

As the La Niña weather pattern in the Pacific continues to breakdown, regions of Australia (particularly eastern Australia) will face more heavy rain and floods in the months to come.

For assistance, please refer to the following numbers:

  • If you experience any flooding or damage to your property, please contact the SA State Emergency Service on 132 500
  • If there is damage to local areas including roads, paths, parks and reserves, call us on 8408 1111 (24/7)
  • If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency call 000

You can also visit the City of Charles Sturt website for further information on what you can do to assist and stay safe during this weather.

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