Mannum residents urged to evacuate as floods threaten lives and homes
Residents in a South Australian riverside town have been urged to evacuate as flood waters threaten lives and homes.
At 1.30am on Thursday State Emergency Services SA issued an emergency warning to locals adjacent to the Mary Ann Reserve in Mannum due to flooding.
“Flooding is expected to impact the road to your property from flooding of the Mary Ann Reserve. Due to a stormwater infrastructure failure there is a possibility the levee may fail,” the message read.
“Regardless of you property’s ability to withstand flood impacts, there is a chance you may also become flooded.
“You need to enact your flood emergency plan now. If you do not evacuate you may be isolated or flooded.”
SES SA said it could become too dangerous for emergency services to help those who do not evacuate.
Residents in the affected area should leave now, if they are certain the path is clear to a safer place.
People in the area are also reminded if they are unable to find accommodation after evacuating, they can call the SA Relief Information Line on 1800 302 787, where support and emergency accommodation can be arranged.
It comes a day after an emergency warning was also issued for Cowirra, opposite Mannum.
“Flooding is expected to cause isolation to your property within 24hrs due to deterioration and flooding of East Front Road and Hunter Road, Cowirra,” the warning read.
On Thursday morning, SA Premier Peter Malinauskas said the peak is expected to pass through Loxton over the coming week.
The SES estimates as many as 255 businesses and 4000 hectares of agricultural land will be inundated.
At least 1100 properties have been flooded, with that number expected to rise to 4000 over the coming weeks.
Mr Malinauskas said challenges remain for Riverland and Mid-Murray communities despite river levels starting to recede behind the peak.
“With the peak expected to pass through Loxton and possibly as far as Morgan over the coming week, we urge people to stay safe, have a plan and listen to the advice from our Emergency Services,” the Premier said.
SES SA chief officer Chris Beattie said the SES is working with the Mid-Murray council to remediate the broken stormwater pipe in Mannum.
“This flooding in Mary Ann Reserve will not impact on the other levee systems protecting the township,” Mr Beattie said.
“More broadly, people should continue to prepare for flooding, enact their emergency plan and consider leaving before the peak flood waters arrive.
“It is important to identify a safe route, as road and ferry closures could affect their ability to leave the area safely.”