Incy Wincy never stood a chance

THE Shoalhaven was inundated with torrential rain on Monday night and into Tuesday morning, leading to flash flooding on a number of local roads.

SWAMPED: Lyrebird Sports Park in Nowra’s canteen and change room is surrounded by water views.

SWAMPED: Lyrebird Sports Park in Nowra’s canteen and change room is surrounded by water views.

The Princes Highway, at the intersection with Albert Street in Berry, was cut by floodwaters for a number of hours on Tuesday morning.

Heavy vehicles were able to negotiate the flooded road but light vehicles were unable to pass through, resulting in a wait of up to three hours for some motorists.

Also at Berry there were reports of a motorcycle lying on its side in the floodwater. It was found covered in debris when the water subsided.

The Princes Highway was also cut at Gerringong, while water was reported across the road at Fern Street, Gerringong, Bolong Road at Bomaderry and at Wandandian.

At about 9.30am a landslip was reported on Barrengarry Mountain, which closed one lane of traffic.

The rainfall was widespread across the region, with 300mm at Woodhill Mountain near Berry.

Other figures included 188mm at Jaspers Brush, 199mm on Cambewarra Mountain, 275mm at Foxground, 247mm at Barrengarry, 158mm at Nowra, 192mm  at Broughton Creek, 127mm at Currarong, 114mm at Point Perpendicular, 157mm at Tomerong, 96mm at St Georges Basin, further south Ulladulla received 89mm, while Vincentia received just 17mm.

Local farmers were rejoicing with good rainfall on the productive floodplain east of Nowra with 120mm at Numbaa, 100mm at Pyree and 97mm at Brundee. 

The SES in Nowra answered 20 calls for help. Most related to leaking roofs, storm damage and property inundation.

Nowra’s 158mm of rain pushed the area well past its monthly March average of 91.44mm.

But after a dry January and February, the area is still well below its average rainfall up to this period.

Nowra has received 235.6mm of rain compared to 349.6mm for the corresponding period last year.

Showers are predicted to continue until next Monday.

Wednesday’s forecast is for a top of 23 degrees and a 90 per cent chance of rain.


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