Heavy rain falls around Alice Springs and the north of South Australia .

Friday, Jan 09, 2015 at 12:55

Life Member - Mike (SA)

Travelling in the north of South Australia and in south of the Northern Territory is almost impossible at the moment; there are numerous road closures and the Stuart Highway is closed at Kulgera due to flooding.

Please check road conditions before setting out.

Rain in the area has already started to wash out roads and the SES has warned creeks in the Flinders Ranges, Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges and Fleurieu Peninsula may burst their banks.

The transport department has closed a number of roads in the state's outback due to flooding, including the Birdsville Track from Mungeranie to Marree, the Oodnadatta Track from William Creek to Marree and the Strzelecki Track from Mount Hopeless to Lyndhurst.

The weather bureau has warned the state is facing a one-in-30-year weather event.
Senior meteorologist Brett Gage said some of the towns in the far north, such as Oodnadatta and Marree, were expected to receive up to 15 times their monthly average rainfall during the next few days.

"So for today, expecting some falls up to 150 millimetres up there with widespread flooding so that's a real dangerous area, Marree, Oodnadatta," Mr Gage said.

Adelaide is expected to receive anywhere between 20mm and 50mm of rain over the next few days, with possible higher falls on the hills, particularly the eastern slopes, and Mount Barker forecast to receive up to 100mm of rain.

Post Script. Tuesday 13th January 2015.
Lake Eyre is now reported to be filling quite quickly following the very heavy rainfalls AND local run off! The Warburton Groove is yet to flow.
Too little time in the bush!
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