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Streets flooded in thunderous downpour

Wednesday, 5th March, 2014

The Civic Centre on the Blende Street side. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel The Civic Centre on the Blende Street side. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Nick Gibbs

Broken Hill received about 10.4mm of rain yesterday afternoon in a sudden, torrential downpour that caused flash flooding and prompted police to close a stretch of road in the city.

Detective Inspector Mick Stoltenberg welcomed the rain after the extended dry spell but warned motorists to take care on the road.

“Although we all want to see more rain fall after so long of it being in drought, remember that this can have an impact on how your vehicle will respond when being driven,” he said.

DI Stoltenberg advised drivers not to accelerate or brake harshly and that water over the road could result in safety or mechanical issues.

He also said to be careful if intending to travel on unsealed roads and to take heed of road closure signs.

“Also remember, a ‘road closed’ sign means that the road is closed, so don’t drive on it or you will risk prosecution,” he said.

Williams Street was closed between Oxide Street and Chloride streets during the downpour yesterday afternoon.

Local meteorologist Phillip Mew reported that, with the addition of the thunderstorms on Tuesday night, a total of 15.6mm had been recorded in the city.

“We probably will get some more rain,” he told the BDT last night.

But Mr Mew said the extended outlook suggested that the city would return to dry conditions for the remainder of the month.

“More than likely I would lean toward it being dry, but I wouldn’t guarantee that,” he said.

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