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Children rescued after floods hit SA town

AAP logoAAP 13/09/2016

Children left stranded after floodwaters blocked access to their primary school in the small South Australian town of Rapid Bay have been rescued.

Police said on Wednesday all the students and their teachers were safe and accounted for.

Severe winds and torrential rain flooded homes, blocked roads and brought down trees, cutting power to thousands of properties across SA.

A flood watch-and-act alert is in place for flood risks in the Lower Brownhill Creek catchment, including Kurralta Park, Netley and North Plympton, and the Lower Onkaparinga River catchment including Clarendon, Port Noarlunga and Old Noarlunga.

Ten homes at Brownhill Creek, and properties at Hahndorf and other towns throughout the Adelaide Hills have been reported flooded.

The oval at Bridgewater was inundated and the Tea Tree Gully Council said the River Torrens had broken its banks in several places, cutting access to bridges along the linear park.

The State Emergency Service said it had taken almost 460 calls for help, many involving flooded homes or trees over roads and buildings.

Creeks and rivers across the Mt Lofty Ranges broke their banks, forcing several roads to be closed, and the Bureau of Meteorology maintained severe weather and flood warnings.

The bureau said a deep low-pressure system was packing wind gusts of more than 90km/h and could bring up to 80mm of rain.

Rainfall totals from 9am on Wednesday included more than 50mm at several centres including Mt Lofty.

Widespread power blackouts ranged from Currency Creek, south of Adelaide, to Nuriootpa, in the Barossa Valley.

At 4pm more than 8000 properties were without electricity but crews were attending to damaged equipment.

The wild weather also forced the closure of some national parks and cancelled ferry services between Kangaroo Island and the mainland.

The BoM said it expected conditions to moderate overnight on Wednesday.

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