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Major Emergency Declaration for Northern SA over

SA Premier Steven Marshall says Police Commissioner Grant Stevens has removed the Major Emergency Declaration put in place over a week ago to help deal with the extreme weather experienced in the north and west of the state.

Officers from the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Recovery team spent yesterday meeting with Eyre Peninsula councils to discuss the ongoing impacts of the floods and recovery.

Mr Marshall said that preparations for the transition from response to recovery are taking place.

"Key departments responsible for road maintenance are finalising a road repair prioritisation list for tens of thousands of kilometres of sealed, unsealed, access and private roads," Mr Marshall said.
A staged re-opening of Stuart Highway continues with one lane open.
"Trucks and 4WD vehicles able to travel in one direction at a time, with a maximum speed of 20km/h".

Repairs to the Marla to Oodnadatta Road are also progressing. That road is now open to 4wd traffic, with Mr Marshall saying he believed heavy vehicle travel would be cleared in the coming days allowing access into and out of Oodnadatta.

The SES is still in contact with outback communities including Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta and is monitoring critical supplies.

Two food deliveries totalling approximately 500kg have been delivered to Oodnadatta in the past two days with the assistance of the SES, RFDS and private operators.

Work is continuing on fixing the important rail link with ARTC continuing to work on the damaged rail infrastructure. The Premier said the latest update from ARTC is that they are on target to complete restoration by 15 February.

SA Health is exploring all options to organise the delivery of larvacide to key areas, for use in controlling mosquito breeding.

Mr Marshall is urging people to continue to limit travel to or through the affected areas while repair works are being conducted.

"If you are planning to travel North at the end of the week, you are reminded many roads are still closed, impassable or dangerous,"
"People can check the status of road closures across South Australia by visiting the Traffic SA website".

The Storm and Flood Damage Infoline is active from 9 am to 5 pm as of today. For those needing the info line, please contact 1800 302 787.


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