South Australia blackout 2016: Upper Spencer Gulf

Friday

8am

Unless this changes for the worse today, this will be our last update. 

FROM THE SES

The SES advises that the flood threat for the coastal areas around Port Pirie has reduced. Tidal levels are reducing but remain higher than normal.

Although the threat to your safety has reduced, be aware that some risks are still present and you should take care in the flood area over the next few days.

Never allow children to play in or near floodwater. You should never walk, ride or drive through floodwater. Be aware that mud, tree branches and other debris may still be on roads or that the road surface and verges may have been damaged.

If your property has been flooded do not turn your electricity back on until it has been checked by a qualified electrician and be aware that your household water supply may not be safe.

Repeating, the SES advises that the flood threat for the coastal areas around Port Pirie has reduced.

More information about recovering from an emergency can be found on the South Australian Government information portal atwww.sa.gov.au/topics/emergencies-and-safety/after-an-emergency.

For information about flooding check the SES website at www.ses.sa.gov.au.

For SES assistance during floods phone 132 500. If the matter is life threatening call triple zero

Thursday

6pm

FLOOD EMERGENCY WARNING

The State Emergency Service advises that damaging waves and coastal flooding is likely in Port Pirie due to high tides and strong winds.

If you live or travel in this area you are urged to closely monitor the media for updates on the risk of flooding.

Check and follow your Emergency Flood Plan and prepare for flooding in your area. Move items of value to a safe place. If your plan is to leave or you are not prepared, consider leaving now.

Only leave if you are certain that the path is clear to a safer place.

SES advises that floodwaters may rise rapidly and are likely to be fast moving. You should never walk, ride or drive through floodwater or allow children to play in or near floodwater.

For SES assistance during floods phone 132 500. If the matter is life threatening call triple zero.

Repeating: the State Emergency Service advises that damaging waves and coastal flooding is likely in Port Pirie due to high tides and strong winds.

5.30pm

4.30pm

Part of Wandearah Road is closed from the Florence Street/Mary Elie Street round-about.

4.15pm

Nyrstar’s blast furnace is out of action as a result of the outage and could cost the smelter operator as much as $7 million. More here

3.50pm

This weekend’s Melrose Show has been cancelled as a result of the wild weather.

Show president Susan Prosser spoke to The Recorder and Flinders News editor Dylan Smith just after 3:30pm on Thursday afternoon.

3.40pm

An update from the Northern Festival Centre on this week’s screening of Absolutely Fabulous. Save the Bolly, darlings! You’ll see Eddy and Patsy when the screening has been rescheduled.

3.30pm

The John Pirie Bridge is closed to traffic.

3.15pm

The Pirie River is rising! Water is just sitting below the John Pirie Bridge (Bridge to Nowhere). 

3pm

In addition to residents without power, spare a thought for city traders who have had to shut shop for the day. 

2.45pm

Our thoughts are with staff working for our sister paper, the Northern Argus, at Clare, and with the entire Clare community. A flood emergency warning has been issued for Clare’s Hutt River.

Details:

  • Locations which are impacted include Clare township and caravan park.
  • People living in or travelling through these locations are urged to closely monitor local conditions and listen to ABC radio for updates.
  • For SES assistance during floods phone 132 500. If the matter is life threatening call Triple Zero (000).
  • The Horrocks Highway is closed at Stanley Flat, north of Clare, for all emergency road closures, go to www.traffic.sa.gov.au

2.30pm

For people without electricity for an extended period of time the South Australian government is offering a $700 payment. Call 1800 302 787 to see if you are eligible.

2.15pm

Zoe Collini sent The Recorder this photo of the storm rolling in over the outskirts of Port Pirie.

2pm

OPPORTUNITY: Cyurus Master, Frank Fahy Colin Abdollahi and Saeid Safavi take a moment to chat and reconnect during the electricity blackout.

OPPORTUNITY: Cyurus Master, Frank Fahy Colin Abdollahi and Saeid Safavi take a moment to chat and reconnect during the electricity blackout.

As South Australia’s rolling electricity blackout continued to take its toll, stories of extraordinary community support prevailed from the darkness in Port Pirie.

1:45pm

The Recorder had a chat to a motorist queuing up to buy petrol from BP on Ellen Street.

Dale Kopman, of Roxby Downs, had to drive all the way into Port Pirie to get fuel as there was no petrol available in Port Augusta. He is heading to Adelaide.

“People have been driving slowly on the highway,” he told The Recorder’s Patrick Martin.

He said he was not really concerned about the power outage as supply had resumed in most locations.

1:30pm

With power supply back in the Pirie CBD, motorists are queuing up at fuel outlets on Mary Elie Street. Be patient around city centre roads as they are quite congested.

1pm

Power supply has been intermittent today. Supply returned to Pirie West late this morning, but has since gone out. 

12pm

An emergency relief centre has been setup at the Lions Football Club, Mary Elie St, for people seeking assistance as a result of the storms and power outages.

11:30am

10am

The three Upper Spencer Gulf cities – Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla – face a day without electricity after power was wiped out across South Australia on Wednesday.

Power has been restored to most of the state, including Adelaide, however northern parts of South Australia are expected to have electricity by as early as 3pm on Thursday afternoon in parts of Whyalla.

SA Power Networks estimates restoration for Port Pirie and Port Augusta at 6pm.

Towns across SA’s Mid North are also affected by the outage.

The power outage has brought chaos to the three Gulf cities with many street traders shutting shop during the outage, including many food outlets.

Schools across the area are also closed.

In Crystal Brook, 20 minutes south of Port Pirie, the netball’s club facilities were extensively damaged.