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Flooding, Damage As Gale Whips
Many SA outports last uijrht. reported flooding and damage as the south westerly ffnlp hnokpri war.pr
up Spencer Gulf on a rising tide. The sea swept half a mile inland at Port Germein. marooning the post office and about eight homes along the foreshore. late last night the post master at Port Germein (Mr. E. K. Mitchell), who was marooned in his flooded house, said that there were two 10-inch . sleepers on his front ' verandah, which was 200 to 300 yards from the smashed jetty, and planks and pieces of railing from the jetty were floating up the main street. Plans had been made to evacuate a number of homes in the low-lying Ellendale area of Port Pirie. where the sea had begun to breach a protecting wall, but these were abandoned when the water began to recede. At Port Augusta the ride was at its peak about 10 p.m. when floodwaters had marooned a number of resi dences in the low-lying area of Port Augusta West,
At its peak the water submerged the southern end of the main street ai Port Augusta West, and only sandbags prevented it entering the Augusta Hotel. On the eastern side of the gulf jetties were submerged and boats were floating al most as high as the wharf. At Port Vincent, where five small boats sank, the seas covered the camping ground and lapped around houses. Caravans in the park- had to be moved to higher ground. At Waliaroo several fish ingcutters were lost and a
number of homes along the foreshore were damaged by seawater. Ships berthed at the town jetty moved out to sea for safety. Hundreds of pounds worth of damage was done to Moonta foreshore and campine area. The sea came over and through the seawall and inundated most of the camping area. Many small boats were sunk at their moorings or washed ashore. Six ships, battered by waves up to 30 ft. high in the Bight, reported yesterday that they were encountering wind velocities of more than 60 m.D.h.