Floods’ destruction on western Fleurieu

REGION – Parts of the Yankalilla council district were inundated with water last week, as steady rain fell across the region.

Council chief executive Nigel Morris said roads were damaged, buildings were flooded, and debris was swept down the Bungala River.

The road to Marina St Vincent was washed away, which Mr Morris said needed to be fixed urgently; Stone Road was affected by all the redirected traffic from Inman Valley Road when it was closed.

“​Council has an extensive program to perform much-needed maintenance on our 415 kilometres of unsealed roads and is bringing in extra resources to achieve this,” he said.

Parts of Second Valley were flooded, and houses were close to going underwater at Myponga, Mr Morris said.

“Council was also able to assist Beachside Caravan Park that experienced flooding,” he said.

“Water even entered our council building.”

Students at Rapid Bay Primary School were stranded on Wednesday as the school grounds became flooded. 

“Rapid Bay received so much water that council’s backhoe was required to get the students from the school back to their parents,” Mr Morris said.

Reeds, logs, and other material ended up on Normanville Beach and surrounds as it was swept down water courses including Bungala River, which took a new course over the beach access and under the jetty.

Mr Morris said repairs could be costly.

“Council will work with our insurers to determine what will and won’t be covered by recent weather events, and are currently accumulating damage costs for a future report to council,” he said.

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