Update on road closures and SA weather warnings after heavy rainfalls

Following recent heavy rainfall in South Australia’s outback, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a flood warning on Tuesday July 9th.

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For the latest on this, read our update here >> Update on SA road closures and weather warnings

South Australia’s winter weather continues, with ongoing road closures, a flood warning, and several weather warnings issued by the Bureau of Meteorology.

As a result of the heavy rains, multiple roads in the northern parts of the state remain closed, with many remaining impassable or damaged. Some of the closed roads from earlier this week have reopened, but are only accessible to 4WD and offroad vehicles.

The Bureau has scheduled reassessments for various dates through mid-July to evaluate road conditions and safety.

Affected roads include:

  • Arrabury Road 
  • Birdsville Inside Track 
  • Cooper Creek Ferry Crossing Road 
  • Cordillo Downs Road – Arrabury turn off to
  • SA/QLD Border
  • Cordillo Downs Road – Innamincka to
  • Arrabury turn off
  • Farina to Mulgaria via Witchelina 
  • Marree – Muloorina 
  • Merty Merty – Cameron Corner 
  • Mt Hopeless – Balcanoona (via
  • Moolawatana)
  • Mungeranie – Kalamurina 
  • Rawnsley Park – Martins Well 
  • Roxby Downs to Bopeechee (Borefield
  • Road
  • Strzelecki Track – Merty Merty to Mt
  • Hopeless
  • Strzelecki Track – Mt Hopeless to Lyndhurst 
  • The Knob – Mt Fitton Mine

The Marree Hotel has taken to Facebook, urging the community to stay updated as roads gradually reopen, encouraging people to return and support local businesses in the area: “Roads are reopening after recent rains. The country and Lake Eyre are looking stunning, come up and say g’day.”

Following recent heavy rainfall in South Australia’s outback, the Bureau of Meteorology‘s flood warning from Tuesday July 9th also continues, due to significant flooding along inland rivers. Local rainfall over the past few days has led to local river level rises along Cooper Creek. The Innamincka causeway is currently impassable with water levels from the Cooper Creek above the causeway. Floodwaters may cut roads and access tracks, and in particular river crossings, impacting travel in the region. Read more here.

Adding to the weather warnings are strong wind warnings issued for today Thursday July 11th affecting Adelaide Metropolitan Waters, South Central Coast, Spencer Gulf, Gulf St Vincent, Investigator Strait, Upper South East Coast and Lower South East Coast.

There is also a sheep graziers warning out today. Sheep graziers are warned that cold temperatures, rain and showers and northerly winds are expected during Thursday. Areas likely to be affected include the Mount Lofty Ranges, Yorke Peninsula, Kangaroo Island, Upper South East and Lower South East forecast districts and parts of the Mid North and Murraylands forecast districts. There is a risk of losses of lambs and sheep exposed to these conditions.

The Warning to Sheep Graziers for the Flinders forecast district has been cancelled.

For updates on flood warnings, visit The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) website here.
For more information about outback road warnings and closures, click here.

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