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It’s just that kind of day in Canberra

By johnboy 16 October 2010 36

[First filed: Oct 15, 2010 @ 13:23]

umbrella inside out

It’s pretty foul out there right now. (as warned)

We’ve been advised of the following road closures:

    — Oaks Estate Road
    — Sunshine Crossing Road
    — Bendora Dam Road
    — Angle Crossing Road

Also having been out with an umbrella I’d ask motorists to be very careful of pedestrians in built up areas. while wrestling brollies in the wind it’s harder than usual to be as aware when crossing roads as one would like to be.

Below is a picture of Sullivan’s creek running its banks taken around 12.40. If you’ve got pictures of the wild weather send them in to images@the-riotact.com

UPDATE: Thanks to Dannybear sending in some photos of a usually dry drain in Gordon there’s now a slideshow below.

Also the discovery trail at the Cotter is closed for the weekend.

Further Update: The slideshow now has a picture of the big tree down in Glebe Park.

ANOTHER UPDATE: Davesact has sent in some video of the flooded point hut crossing. (below)


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JC 5:50 pm 17 Oct 10

Thumper said :

I am about to drive to Kippax. Where is this new creek running?

Alongside florey drive down towards ginninderra creek. Every time we get a good downpour it becomes a torrent of white water.

I might try and getg a photo of it tomorrow if i could be bothered.

Oh you mean where the stormwater rubbish collection weir is? Not surprising it turns into a creek everytime it rains heavy, it is the whole of idea of it.

oddball508 5:48 pm 16 Oct 10

Hi nanzan. The Rural Fire Service work with the community in a much wider range of services than their in town versions.

georgesgenitals 3:40 pm 16 Oct 10

ActewAGL now reporting dam levels are above 85%!

s-s-a 1:14 pm 16 Oct 10

Thanks for pics oddball508. Tanker driver and crew must have balls of steel!!

nanzan have a look at Google maps… there is a whole swag of country west of Angle Crossing ie. between the Murrumbidgee and Gudgenby rivers that is simply not accessible by road if the rivers are up.

AmandaB 12:18 pm 16 Oct 10

It just snowed a little bit in my backyard in farrer

The Frots 10:45 am 16 Oct 10

Woke up to snow falling in Gungahlin this morning – amazing sight.

nanzan 9:57 am 16 Oct 10

oddball508 said :

Medical assistance required for one family that had to get out. This was the only crossing. Man on the back because the cabin was full.

Sorry to press the point…but I am just genuinely curious…when someone requires medical assistance isn’t normal that an ambulance responds, not a fire truck…or was there some problem with an ambulance accessing the patient’s house? Is there a 4WD NSW ambulance (at Queanbeyan, I presume) that can access a situation like that, as there is in the ACT? Hope everyone was ok, though.

sepi 8:33 am 16 Oct 10

snow in the air from 7.30-8.00, northside. and freezing!

androo 7:06 am 16 Oct 10

Who tasked the RFS to provide medical assistance?

In over 15yrs of flood response and management, I find it incredibly stupid to have taken the tanker over a bridge in that situation. Darwin must have been asleep yesterday, because there was a prime example of his theories being played out.

OK so the weight of the tanker may have given it stability against the current (although in one photo water seems up past chassis), but stability and structural integrity of the bridge would be questionable. And to have kids in it too?

If it were a true medical emergency, SouthCare is a safer option than losing a tanker and a family joyride through the floodwaters.

Thumper 12:36 am 16 Oct 10

I am about to drive to Kippax. Where is this new creek running?

Alongside florey drive down towards ginninderra creek. Every time we get a good downpour it becomes a torrent of white water.

I might try and getg a photo of it tomorrow if i could be bothered.

oddball508 11:57 pm 15 Oct 10

Medical assistance required for one family that had to get out. This was the only crossing. Man on the back because the cabin was full.

nanzan 8:55 pm 15 Oct 10

oddball508 said :

I have also added an older photo of the Sunshine Road Crossing (but still in flood) for nanzan. It is hard to find on Google maps because they will not fix their map. Angle Crossing Road runns from the Monaro Hwy to Smiths Road, then it should be Sunshine Road from Smiths Road to NaaS Road. But Google still have the entire road named Angle Crossing Road. Follow the maps of the photo linked above and you’ll find the crossing.

Thank you oddball508 – now I know where it is.

Great photos you posted – amazing. By the way, what was the story with the Smiths Road fire truck – why was there a man standing on the back of the truck, and why were there two kids inside the truck?

Captain RAAF 7:44 pm 15 Oct 10

Rollersk8r said :

Huge tree down in Glebe Park! Would have been fatal to anyone walking by.

Plane landed at the Airport, Would have been fatal to anyone walking by.

p1 7:24 pm 15 Oct 10

CoppIn’s crossing closed just before I wanted to drive over it, about 630.

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