Home flooded, motorists rescued as heavy rain hits

An Aldgate home was flooded and left with $50,000 damage after heavy rains across Adelaide and the Hills prompted a series of overnight rescues, closed roads and left thousands of homes without power.

Jun 23, 2023, updated Jun 23, 2023
Emergency services retrieve drivers from cars amid flooding at Verdun overnight. Photo: Ten News First/Adelaide Overnight News

Emergency services retrieve drivers from cars amid flooding at Verdun overnight. Photo: Ten News First/Adelaide Overnight News

Residents of a house at Keroma Rd in Aldgate were forced to evacuate and emergency crews responded after water entered following hours of heavy rain which saw creeks, rivers and dams rise and overflow.

“Residents have left the property safely and will source alternate accommodation,” the CFS said.

“Volunteers at the scene were not able to remove water from the property however, they have cleared a nearby storm drain to hopefully mitigate further water build up.”

Aldgate Creek rose and flooded the yards of homes along Strathalbyn Rd.

Floodwater flows through the yard of Aldgate Creek Cottage on Strathalbyn Rd at Aldgate. Photo: Aldgate Creek Cottage

One Strathalbyn Rd resident filmed water streaming along the main road outside the Aldgate Pump Hotel.

And rising …

Aldgate Creek, Strath Rd #Adelaide #flooding @abcadelaide @indaily

— Blue (@BlueStationary) June 22, 2023

At nearby Bridgewater, Cox’s Creek also was running fast.

This is crazy… #Adelaide

— Matthew (@mlb_ras) June 22, 2023

The SA State Emergency Service carried out seven separate swift water rescues overnight as people “became trapped in fast rising flood water” around Verdun, while a fallen tree  knocked power out for residents in Blackwood, Hawthorndene and Coromandel Valley.

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Flood warnings were issued for Waterfall Gully Rd due to First Creek flooding but the road has since reopened, while a flood warning for Swamp Rd in Lenswood remains active after a dam spillway overflowed.

Lobethal Rd near Monomeith Rd at Ashton is also closed due to flooding, with debris on the road near Basket Range Rd.

Earlier today, the rising Onkaparinga River forced the closure of Mt Barker Rd near Onkaparinga Valley Rd at Verdun, which has since reopened. The Hahndorf/Verdun off ramp from the South Eastern Freeway also closed at 4am, as did River Road at Hahndorf, but both have since reopened to traffic.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, rainfall totals of up to 80mm were recorded over the Onkaparinga River catchment since 9am yesterday, causing the river level to peak at 3.49 metres at around 1am this morning.

Minor flooding at Woodside and Oakbank has eased, but further rainfall is forecast for today which may cause river levels at the upper Onkaparinga River to remain elevated. As such, the Bureau has issued a minor flood warning for the waterway.

Great weather for ducks! ??️ The Cox Creek in Bridgewater is full to the brim! ?

Do you have some photos? ? Comment with a pic below ? Stay dry ☂️ and remember to be careful near fast moving water and flooding.

— Adelaide Hills Council (@AHCouncil) June 22, 2023

The Bureau reported 56.8mm of rain fell at Mt Lofty since 9am yesterday, Adelaide CBD recorded 41mm, Parawa West recorded 43mm, while some Aldgate residents this morning reported overnight rain gauge reading of up to 90mm.

Wind gusts of 67km/h were recorded at Adelaide Airport, and 65km/h at Mt Lofty.

The SES said it responded to more than 240 calls for help overnight with more than 100 volunteers tackling rockslides, flooding, and collapsed trees.

At the peak of outages, SA Power Networks said around 3000 homes were without power by about 6am this morning, though most have since had their power restored. As of 11am, there were 18 outages affecting 1308 households.

“Very wet soil” is the likely culprit for the downed trees according to an SA Power Networks spokesperson, who said that one fallen tree led to six power lines being affected.

The Onkaparinga River at Mylor. Photo: Patrick Wayne

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