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Heavy rain floods Adelaide houses

Monday April 22, 2013 - 20:48 EST
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Wetlands construction nearby led to flooding of Gwen Thomas' house and others - ABC

Houses in Adelaide's north-western suburbs have been flooded during heavy weekend rain.

By late Sunday morning, Old Port Road at Queenstown looked more like a river.

Police said about 10 homes in the area flooded.

Buses and other traffic were diverted for hours.

Residents said water collected at wetlands under construction across the road from them and was unable to drain away.

"I thought it'll be fine, it'll go, but no, it didn't," said one resident, Gwenda Thomas.

"I didn't realise it was coming from here through the side gate like a torrent."

At one stage, 30 centimetres of water was washing through Ms Thomas' home of 29 years.

Her two dogs were safe but she lost her outdoor fish and other some possessions.

"It's sad to see everything you've worked so hard for just disappear in a matter of 20 minutes, very sad indeed," she said.

Emergency crews helped residents and dug trenches to encourage the water to drain away.

Charles Sturt Mayor Kirsten Alexander said the precise cause of the flooding was now under investigation and the affected home owners needed to contact their insurers.

"I'm sure there'll be a long way to go on this one yet and, as I said, I can't really comment on who is going to take up the liability until we know what actually caused the flooding," she said.

"We will be investigating that and are investigating that in conjunction with the contractor who now has control of the (wetlands stormwater project) site."



Crop hopes

Farmers across parts of South Australia have welcomed weekend rainfall but warn much more is needed for a proper break in the season.

Some of the state's heaviest falls were on the far west coast, including 41 millimetres at Nullarbor.

At Cleve on Eyre Peninsula, John Turnball is sowing pasture feed.

"I see there's a few people sowing around the district, I think there's been some canola going in next to me and a few pastures," he said.

Vince Rowlands from the weather bureau said little more rain was expected to fall in coming days.

"It looks like the wet weather is expected to ease off for the next six or seven days," he said.

Weekend falls include 22 millimetres at Minlaton, six at Clare and Port Lincoln and seven millimetres at Mount Gambier.

Parts of Adelaide and the hills had falls of more than 30 millimetres over the weekend.


- ABC

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