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Heavy Rain And Flash Flooding Closes Uluru National Park

The park is closed until further notice.

26/12/2016 6:49 PM AEDT | Updated 26/12/2016 7:22 PM AEDT
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Heavy rain and flash flooding have caused the closure of Uluru National Park in a record-breaking weather event for the region.

Parks Australia explained in a statement that the park will be closed until further notice, due to an extreme weather event which included heavy rainfall and high winds.

"Due to an extreme weather event, Uluru-Kata Tjuta national park has been closed until further notice. Our rangers have been checking the condition of the roads every hour in a bid to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so," the statement said.

Northern Territory Police said the weather had caused significant flash flooding problems for the 400 people living in Kintore which is about 520km west of Alice Springs, the ABC reports.

"There's a significant number of houses that have been affected by flooding in some capacity," said Acting Superintendent Pauline Vicary.

The rain led to several homes being affected by flooding and 96 people evacuated from their local school, NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services explained in a Facebook post.

Vicary said between 12.30pm on Christmas Day and 8.30am on Boxing Day, it is estimated that around 398mm of rain fell in the community.

According to BoM a total rainfall of 232 mm has been recorded at Wulungurru in the past 24 hours. This takes the total rainfall for December to a record 373.4 mm.

"We've only got about 15 years of records at that location, but it's clearly well above previous totals," BoM forecaster Mosese Raico told the AAP.

According to AAP, previously the highest monthly total for rainfall in the region was 161mm, which was recorded in 2003.

A severe weather warning remains in place for the region.

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