Floods have hit South Australia. We live in the driest state of Australia. Not that you’d know it at the moment. Severe weather warnings were issued across the state here on Tuesday night this week. Wind gusts up to 100kph were expected in areas ranging across Adelaide metropolitation area, the Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, the Riverland, Murraylands, Yorke Peninsula, Mid North and Upper South East districts of the State. That’s a huge chunk of this state.
Admittedly in this house we tend to be a bit cynical when it comes to weather forecasts. Well, TRH (The Retired Husband) more so than me. I consider myself to be an eternal optimist. Although when it comes to weather forecasting I do have to agree that it is not an exact science. Really, they are not exactly the most accurate, are they!
However, this time we were proved wrong.
Adelaide metropolitan area was hit the hardest I can ever recall. I have lived here since 1970. Houses were flooded in unexpected areas. My baby brother-in-law’s shop suffered minor damage, but the business next door to his was not so lucky. The complex they are in was girded front and back with running rivers of water. The car park at the back was knee deep in water, lapping at the door sill. The major road in front was a torrent.
This is from an area only about fifteen minutes drive north east from where we live.
The photo was posted by the local council –
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Scenes like this were common place in many areas.
Several major roads had to be closed as they had turned into flowing rivers. Adelaide metropolitan area was hit the hardest I can ever recall. I have lived here since 1970. Houses were flooded in unexpected areas.
This vacant block in our little corner of the world shows the evidence of yesterday’s rainfall. The winter has been so wet this year that it takes a while for fresh falls of rain to be absorbed. I took this photo after lunch today.
Fortunately for us, where we live is high up enough so that we just got the rain without the flooding. TRH and I even braved going to the shops in the middle of the day. Apart from the fact that it was bitterly cold (it might as well have been mid winter) the shops were very quiet, making shopping quite pleasant.
The weatherman certainly earned his keep this time!
Rains are forecast to continue for the next week. So far today, it has been dry although the skies are looking gloomy.
© Raili Tanska