Kangaroo Island’s coastline retreated on Monday as king tides raised the water level metres above normal.
While Kangaroo Island missed the worst of the wild weather that lashed South Australia, heavy rain and winds were still felt on the island, contributing to flooding across the island.
The State Emergency Service was called out to Western Cove and Baudin Beach, where the tide was expected to peak at 2.4 metres.
Crews worked hard sandbagging properties at Brownlow. Water breached Brownlow at the southern end over the old levee, but was contained with the Links Road embankment.
“Numerous places were at risk. Nepean Bay, Western Cove, the YMCA corner, and Brownlow, as well as numerous other roads,” Kangaroo Island State Emergency Service unit manager Bevan Garmeister said.
“We did a bit of sandbagging and mitigation to stop the water coming in and everything worked out well.
“The levee bank at Brownlow did the job it was designed to do.”
At Western Cove SES worked with the Kangaroo Island Council to build a makeshift levee to hinder the intruding water.
A grader was used to create the impromptu levee on Ocean View Drive with sandbags deployed to reinforce it.
Parts of American River were also underwater, with the town’s tennis courts covered and the CFS carpark submerged as well.
Cape du Couedic recorded waves of more than 10 metres and wind speeds exceeding 65kmh.
South Australian Police, SES, CFS, Kangaroo Island Council, SA Health, Red Cross, the Coast Guard and the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion all combined together to ensure minimal damage occurred to Kangaroo Island properties.
“All of the agencies worked really well together,” Mr Garmeister said.