Flood warnings for Saturday

johnboy 3 September 2010 7

The Bureau of Meteorology is warning of floods on Saturday in the Queanbeyan area as well as the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Valleys (the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee meet just to the east west of the city).

To emphasise the forecast mayhem the Emergency Services Agency has taken the unusual precaution of also warning of bad weather:

“Even though the ACT is not expected to be impacted with heavy flooding, the forecast of
heavy rainfall could mean we receive something in the order of 30 – 50 millimetres of rainfall with possible localised flooding.

“Strong southerly winds are also forecast to occur in the ACT over the weekend with possible gusts up to 65km/h.

“With the wet and windy conditions forecast, the ACTSES is reminding the community to exercise caution during any possible flooding, to secure loose items around the home and beware of undertaking any repairs on rooftops if strong winds continue.

The ACTSES has placed units on a higher level of readiness to respond to any problems as a result of the expected wet and windy weather.

“Over 200 ACTSES volunteers are on standby across the Territory, as are our counterparts in the surrounding region of NSW, ready to come to the community’s aid if required. Our volunteers are well trained to deal with these types of situations 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year,” Mr Graham said.

“Residents who are affected by the moderate to heavy rainfall and need emergency assistance can call the ACTSES on 132 500,” he said.

So stay safe and if you see something exciting take a picture and send it in to images@the-riotact.com

UPDATE: For the record I can’t recall warnings so strong.

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7 Responses to Flood warnings for Saturday
Mathman Mathman 12:14 pm 04 Sep 10

30mm as of 12:00pm

mobilephone mobilephone 11:42 am 04 Sep 10

Johnboy – warnings have been issued in the past very similar – February this year saw warnings issued almost identical to the current warning.

    johnboy johnboy 11:58 am 04 Sep 10

    It’s the multiplicity of the warnings beyond the BOM that’s out of character.

Mathman Mathman 9:39 am 04 Sep 10

20mm and still falling as of 9:30am

Thumper Thumper 10:15 pm 03 Sep 10

Don’t worry, the SES will be there when your roof leaks…

but seriously, give them a call if you’re in trouble. They know what they are doing and they’ll provide emergency repairs in no time.

Deano Deano 9:15 pm 03 Sep 10

Major storms coming in from the Great Australian Bite. South Australia copped a drenching today and northern Victoria will tonight.

Hopefully there is enough left over to fill up the remaining 40% of our dams.

nanzan nanzan 5:28 pm 03 Sep 10

Johnboy, I think you will find that the Molonglo and Murrumbidgee Rivers meet west of Canberra, not east.

You may be thinking of the Molonglo and Queanbeyan Rivers, which do intersect east of Canberra. Actually, not many people know that the Queanbeyan River also flows through the ACT, just before bumping into the Molonglo. (And don’t get me started on Paddy’s River!)

And thank you for the warnings! Let’s watch those creeks!

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