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Record rain has South Australian outback stations rejoicing as SES warns of flash flooding

Saturday September 19, 2020 - 12:22 EST
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A creek springs up at Merna Mora Station in South Australia's Flinders Ranges after 27mm of rain. - ABC licensed

Rainfall records have been broken in South Australia's far north as wet weather sweeps across the state.



Records were broken in several centres overnight, including at Marree, which broke its September rainfall record with 93 millimetres, as did Woomera with 41mm.

The rain has brought relief to pastoralists who have suffered through another drier-than-average winter.

Holowiliena Station in the Flinders Ranges woke up to flowing creeks this morning after 47mm of rain fell on their property overnight.

Station owner Frances Frahn said it was the best rain in four years.

"We'll actually grow some grass and keep us looking forward to the future," she said.

"This might mean actually bringing sheep back to Holowiliena again."

The family since 1852 last year.



Ms Frahn's son Todd Frahn took to social media this morning to share the good news of the rain.

"Another live broadcast from Holowiliena Station: we've had 41mm of rain — and it's still raining!" he said.

Nearby Upalinna Station recorded 58mm of rain, its best falls in years.

The Bureau of Meteorology predicts a "medium chance" of showers in Adelaide stemming from the low pressure system responsible the outback deluge, with the possibility of a thunderstorm.



Flood warning for Flinders Ranges

The State Emergency Service (SES) has issued a flood warning for the Flinders district.

Swift water rescue teams are on standby for possible flash flooding in northern parts of the state.

SES state duty officer Ian Bonython urged people travelling north to stay vigilant as rain continues to fall

"Don't drive through flooded waters, be mindful of your family and pets, and keep them away from those low-lying areas and also be aware that with the heavy rains the trees will soak up those heavy rains so branches will come down," he said.



Strong winds damaged a hotel in Port Augusta, while there was heavy rain in Quorn and Marree, prompting about 25 calls for help overnight.

Marree Hotel manager and CFS volunteer Joe Calvert said the rain caused issues for some locals.

"At about 4:00am one resident, unfortunately, the rain was soaking through her house, so we had to go and pump her backyard out to stop that going through all the house for her," he said.

Most of the Birdsville and Oodnadatta Tracks and parts of the Strzelecki Track have been closed because of the rain.


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