Tuesday 19 November 2019

Riverland grapegrowers count the cost of damaging hailstorm

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Riverland grapegrowers, already reeling from dought conditions and the high cost of irrigation water, are counting the cost of a hailstorm that ripped through the region on Monday night.

This photograph, taken from the ABC Riverland Facebook page, shows the aftermath of the storm.

The storm lasted only a few minutes and was reportedly just a few kilometres wide.

Some growers have suffered “a hundred percent wipeout”, says SA Agriculture Minister Tim Whetstone.

“But the damage is quite varied. We’re currently assessing the damage.”

ABC Riverland says some properties have had grapevines and trees stripped, while neighbouring properties have been mostly untouched.

The Berri-Barmera Council area has been worst-hit.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a severe thunderstorm warning for damaging winds and large hailstones in the Riverland at 5pm on Monday and the storm hit the region about an hour later.

The storm has also affected grain growers in the area.

Locals are drawing comparisons with this storm to the one that hit the region in mid-November of 2016, which caused about $100 million damage.

Were you affected by the storm? Email info@madiganmedia.com.au

 

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