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Angaston mops up

Angaston mops up

A huge downpour of rain last Thursday wreaked havoc at Angaston, with reports of up to 10 businesses affected by the deluge and school students evacuated from classrooms.

The flash flood had shop owners rushing for mops after local residents registered up to 18 millimetres from the downpour alone in their home rain gauges, and Angaston Post Office registered 18 millimetres over a 24 hour period.

 It came as SA Country Fire Service and the Bureau of Meteorology warned severe thunderstorms were detected on the weather radar near Kapunda which were  forecast to affect Nuriootpa, Angaston and Collingrove by 1.50 pm.

The heavy rain began in Angaston at around 1.30 p.m. and lasted up to 15 minutes. 

Two CFS appliances and a SES unit were called to assist with flooding through Angaston Foodland with the shop forced to close its doors to mop up.

Parents of Angaston Primary School students were notified, via the Skoolbag Ap.,that one of the buildings had been evacuated.

 Principal, Mr Sam Lawrence, said 110 students were moved into the library as a safety precaution when water began leaking through the roof.

“The Middle Primary building was evacuated as we did have water coming through the ceiling,” he told The Leader.

“We closed the building off until a safety inspection had been completed to ensure the safety of all the students and teachers.”

Staff from Juncken’s and the Department of Education and Children’s Services were  at the school within the hour, discussing options of how to clean the carpet and underlay which were left sodden.

Angaston Hardware had their own in-store water feature during the flash flood, but quick thinking and past experience meant the shop could remain open.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.