Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Simon Corbell, is thanking all the workers and volunteers who went out in the rain over the weekend.
“The efforts of the ACT State Emergency Service (SES), with support from the ACT Fire Brigade (ACTFB) and the ACT Rural Fire Service (RFS) were outstanding in assisting fellow Canberrans after several severe storms swept over the ACT,” Mr Corbell said.
“The SES received over 540 calls for help which requires many resources to be deployed to assist the community, and many crews to dedicate their time to crew the units.
“Since the storm event on Thursday afternoon, crews have worked around the clock before finishing their operations on Sunday evening.
“As is often forgotten in these circumstances, these ESA workers give up their free time or time at work, and go to the aid of people in need, often in dangerous conditions.”
Calls ranged from flooding in houses and businesses to trees and branches down across roads, driveways and some houses.
“I am sure I speak on behalf of all Canberrans in thanking our SES and RFS personnel, most of whom are volunteers, for the dedicated service they provide to us,” Mr Corbell said.