26 November 2021

ACTSES urges caution as more deluging rain expected across the capital region

| Max O'Driscoll
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Water at Uriarra Crossing

Water levels rising at Uriarra Crossing. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

With all dams at 100 per cent capacity and as much as 45 mm of rain expected today, the ACT State Emergency Service is advising the community to be prepared for localised flooding.

In the 24 hours from 9:00 am Thursday (25 November), the ACTSES responded to over 100 callouts for assistance and had more than 20 requests outstanding as of 8:30 am this morning.

Alongside crews from ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service and Transport Canberra City Services, they have been called out to problems ranging from localised flooding to leaking roofs and fallen trees.

Calls came from North and South Canberra, but Kambah was mentioned as one of the worst-affected areas.

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Point Hut Crossing and Oaks Estate Road were closed around 6:00 pm yesterday.

In Queanbeyan, the low-level crossing near the Town Centre has been closed as river levels continue to rise. Saturated catchments and a full dam leave the SES Queanbeyan unit with significant flooding concerns ahead of another day of rain.

The region recorded between 30 mm and 50 mm of rain yesterday across the different areas. The rain means the ACT has now officially recorded its wettest November on record, and with more rain today, the region will edge closer to being the wettest month on record.

To check all updated road and path closures ACT-wide, head to the City Services website.

The community is reminded to never drive, walk or ride through floodwaters.

If you require assistance during a storm or flood, call the ACT State Emergency Service on 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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