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Two Wells under water
GAWLER South was without power for
over five hours on Thursday after a lightning
strike hit a transformer, causing it to fail.
According to SA Power Networks spokesper-
son Paul Roberts, around 2000 customers across
Gawler lost power at 3.10pm.
While the majority of customers had
their power restored an hour later, approxi-
mately 30 customers were without power
until 8.30pm when the transformer was
"The lightning strike hit a transformer on an
11-volt line and caused the transformer to fail,"
"As we patrolled the line, we sectionalised it by
isolating certain areas to put other people back
on and so that we could do the work and replace
"Customers were gradually restored as we
identified the fault."
FIFTEEN minutes was all it took for Two Wells'
Chapman Street to flood last Wednesday - and it
wasn't the first time, residents say.
More than 80mm of rain fell across the township last
week, causing some streets, including Chapman and
Drew streets, as well as Old Mallala Road to flood.
Resident Alana Bombardieri said drainage has been
a problem within parts of the township for years, but
Mallala Council has failed to address the issue.
Three Country Fire Service trucks and a car were de-
ployed to alleviate flooding in Two Wells on Wednesday.
"The CFS had to come out here and, basically, push
through the drains so that the water would pass through,"
Mrs Bombardieri said.
"They were out here between 45 minutes and an hour
and then they left and it was still flooded, but the water
was flowing through the drain.
"The (Sampson Flat) fires are still going and those re-
sources were wasted."
Mrs Bombardieri said her street flooded every time the
township was hit with a heavy downpour.
Locals have been calling for council to undertake drain-
age works in parts of the township for around 30 years.
Chapman Street resident David Thompson was among
those petitioning for an improved drainage system since
Mr Thompson said following a 200-signature petition
and a letter sent in the late 1980s, council agreed to assess
the situation and discuss the findings with residents.
"We're still waiting for that discussion," he said.
He said he has since raised the matter with council on
a number of occasions, but "council has not attempted to
Council's acting chief executive Peter Sellar said he
would investigate the matter with infrastructure services
Power out in South
Mr Walsh was monitoring the stretch of fire-
ground from One Tree Hill to Kersbrook when Mr
Weatherill was touring the fire-affected areas of the
Mount Lofty Ranges last week.
"We were getting a couple of drips on the way
up to the top of Frank Barker Road," he said.
"We got out of the car, we shook hands and it
started coming in pretty hard."
Mr Walsh said the feeling was overwhelming.
"I've been running on adrenaline for the last
(few) days up until Wednesday and as soon as the
rains came it was just a relaxing feeling," he said.
"The whole of Wednesday there were predic-
tions of high wind and bad weather and all that
ahead of the front coming in, so we were sort of
preparing ourselves for another really bad day.
"Then the rain came in."
With the rain came lightning, which sparked
dozens of grass fires around the state, including
one near One Tree Hill.
Mr Walsh praised the work of emergency crews,
who not only continued working to contain the
Sampson Flat bushfire on Wednesday, but also put
out a large number of smaller grass and tree fires
The fire was fully contained on Thursday, with
the rain continuing to provide relief from the hot
conditions over the weekend.
"Everyone on the day just did a fantastic job,"
"The reason we saved so many houses is because
of the crew's training... just going (in) and saving
as many houses as we could."
Around 27 homes have been lost in the fire, but
Mr Walsh believes "if this was a couple of years ago
we might have lost lives".
While the fire is 100 per cent contained, the
CFS expects to be monitoring the fireground for
weeks to come, with a potential for hot spots to
"At the moment it still hasn't finished for us,"
Mr Walsh said.
"We're still a 24-hour on-call brigade and we're
still responding to some mobile incidents from the
Sampson Flat fire, as well as our day-to-day duty."
FROM fires to flooding, wild
weather caused havoc across the
local region last week.
Following a scorching start to the
year, the region received a drenching,
with more than 50mm falling across
the region from last Wednesday to
While the heavy downpour from
the storm helped firefighters contain
the Sampson Flat blaze, it also saw
emergency services deploying re-
sources to respond to dozens of grass
fires caused by lightning, as well as
flooding, around the state.
Across the local region, CFS and
MFS crews attended more than 10
grass and tree fires on Wednesday,
including grass fires at Gawler South
Meanwhile, the CFS was also
called out to a flooding incident in
The State Emergency Service is-
sued warnings to motorists last
week, advising them to take care on
the roads and avoid driving through
The Bureau of Meteorology
has predicted today would bring
the last of the rain for the coming
Showers can be expected across the
region today before a partly cloudy
day, with a maximum of 25 degrees
Temperatures will hit a top of 29
on Friday before falling to 24 on
Fire, oods in one day
Continued from page 1
Two Wells resident Vince
Bombardieri stands on
ooded Chapman Street last
INSET: Two Wells residents say
parts of the township oods
every time there is a heavy
downpour because Mallala
Council has been ignoring
calls for a drainage upgrade.
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