South Australia’s SES is warning towns along the Murray River, including Tailem Bend, Jervois and Wellington, to prepare for evacuation.
In a warning on Saturday morning, the SES said there was a high risk of flooding for low-lying areas around the Murray due to rising river levels that could endanger people.
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“Regardless of the ability of your property to withstand flood action, there is a chance that you will be inundated or isolated,” the alert reads.
“If you stay in the area, you could be stuck without water, electricity and other essential services.”
Tailem Bend and Wellington are both around 100 km east of Adelaide.
Residents have been advised to prepare to evacuate before the waters continue to rise.
“Should the situation worsen, it may not be safe to leave,” the SES warned.
“It may be too dangerous for emergency services to help you.”
It comes after the Overland Corner Hotel was evacuated Friday night because the levee failed and Morgan Caravan Park had to close.
The River Murray is expected to peak around Christmas time, with Renmark residents expected to see the river at its highest around December 24th.
The South African government estimates that more than 1100 properties have already been flooded and thousands more are expected to be affected, and has set up hundreds of emergency shelters for those in need of assistance.
The SES is advising people in flood-affected areas to call the emergency assistance information hotline on 1800 302 787 if they have no other place to turn to if they are forced to leave the country.
https://7news.com.au/news/sa/ses-warns-tailem-bend-jervois-wellington-communities-to-prepare-for-evacuation–c-9194178 SES warns Tailem Bend, Jervois and Wellington communities to prepare for evacuation