Latest

Wild storms and rainfall causes havoc with road closures across SA

With the wild weather severe flooding that hit the state over the weekend, a number of roads have been flooded or destroyed causing havoc for travellers.

Image credit: Spud’s Roadhouse

With the wild weather severe flooding that hit the state over the weekend, a number of roads have been flooded or destroyed causing havoc for locals and travellers.

According to Bureau of Meteorology, the severe weather is emerging from the fallout of ex-Tropical Cyclone Tiffany and other high-pressure systems which have hit multiple parts of South Australia.

Roads have buckled and parts of the country have been inundated with the record-breaking deluge.

There has been record rainfall in the Far North and Eyre Peninsula in recent days with the highest summer rainfall seen since the 1940s.

Major arterial roads currently closed are Stuart Highway between Port Augusta and Pimba; Birdseye Highway from Cleve to Lock and Iron Knob Road between Whyalla and Iron Knob. Access to and from Roxby Downs has also been lost, with the Olympic Dam Highway between Pimba and Woomera eroded by the surging flash floods and heavy rainfall. 

Outback Road Warnings
Traffic SA

There is flooding with water over the road for parts of Birdseye Highway, Yorke Highway, Eyre Highway, Cleve Road, Iron Knob Road, Olympic Dam Highway, Stuart Highway, Lincoln Highway and The Outback Highway.

The State of Emergency Service has issued a warning of flood advice for the Eastern Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Creeks, Yorke Peninsula, and Broughton River.

The message states:

“There is a risk of localised flooding for the Eyre Peninsula, Flinders Creeks, and Broughton River catchments which may threaten you and your family’s safety. Flooding is impacting multiple roads across the warning area and roads may be damaged or covered in debris.

“Impacted roads may not be signposted. Drive to the conditions and be prepared to use an alternative route. While widespread intense rainfall is not expected across the warning area, heavy rain occurring with isolated thunderstorms is still likely. There is a separate warning for Yorke Peninsula.”

The SES has issued a similar flood advice warning for Yorke Peninsula encouraging people to “Drive to the conditions and be prepared to use an alternative route”.

The storm is not over however, with Bureau of Meteorology this morning issuing Severe Thunderstorm Warning for heavy rainfall for North East Pastoral district. The warning states “Severe thunderstorms with heavy rainfall are expected over central and northeastern parts of the state”.

BOM has also issued a flood Watch for the Mid North, Flinders Ranges, West Coast, Eyre Peninsula, Yorke Peninsula and parts of the North West and North East Pastoral districts.

To keep up to date with the latest road closures, visit Traffic SA and SA Infrastructure and Transport. You can also keep up to date with SA State Emergency Service and Bureau of Meteorology

[adrotate banner="159"]
To Top