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Rain as promised

By johnboy - 4 September 2010 12

Ginninderra Creek in flood [Thanks to ThatsNotMe for the pic of Ginninderra Creek bursting its banks]

20mm by 9.30am I hear. The ESA’s already busy with the worst of it still to come:

9:35am Saturday 4 September 2010 – 10 calls for assistance following wet weather ACT Fire Brigade and ACT State Emergency Service crews have received 10 calls for assistance since six o’clock this morning following wet weather.

Minor damage reported with mostly leaking roofs.

Areas affected include Gordon, Dunlop, Macgregor and Holt. One report earlier of a tree branch across the road at Bunda Street Civic.

Residents who require assistance can call the ACTSES on 132500.

If you’re warm and dry today make the most of it. (And if you’ve got good photos of the rain send them in to images@the-riotact.com )

UPDATE: More from the ESA:

10:50am Saturday 4 September 2010 – Update on wet weather ACT Fire Brigade and ACTSES crews have received a total of 18 calls for assistance since six o’clock this morning following wet weather.

Minor damage reported with water leaking from roofs and light fittings.

Areas affected include Deakin, Kambah and Macquarie.

And more:

2:00pm Saturday 4 September 2010 – Update three on wet weather ACT Fire Brigade and ACTSES have received in excess of 50 calls for assistance following wet weather since six o’clock this morning.

Minor damage reported.

Some branches and trees have come down in some areas and minor flooding at a causeway on McCulloch Street, Curtin.

Residents who require assistance can call the ACTSES on 132500.

Final Update: In the end the SES and fire brigade responded to 370 storm related calls over the weekend.

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Rain as promised
planeguy 7:25 pm 05 Sep 10

Thumper is indeed right. Belco was smashed. Loads of trees down, ceilings leaking, flooding – the lot.

That being said, Gunghalin is in my view normally unusually represented in damage – I put it down to two parts – dodgy construction of new houses, and no trees in the town area or to its west to shelter it.

Thumper 4:03 pm 05 Sep 10

Belconnen got smashed as well.

Hells_Bells74 2:08 pm 05 Sep 10

Oh no, I spoke too soon. My bf just reported that a massive tree has fallen smack through the middle of the brightly coloured park at the other end of Evatt.. Ouch!

Hells_Bells74 2:00 pm 05 Sep 10

One of my neighbours across has a massive gum that looks over our bedroom and when it was getting blown fiercly, I commented to my man that I was thankful it was getting blown in the direction of the street. I think it survived well, it normally loses big branches but she had it trimmed recently.
But here was me secretly hoping she would lose it this time as it’s blocking my new solar panels’ sun over half the morning. I’d wish the same of the stupid pine tree (which blocks most of the other morning sun) I have in front but if it went wrong, ouch half my house.

It hit hard but everything seemed fine here (Evatt) around me except copious amounts of mud. No thunder or lightning, can’t remember the last time we had a night like that without it.

buzz819 1:28 pm 05 Sep 10

Mulberry said :

has anyone ever noticed (and i mean no sarcasm, innuendo or anything of the sort..) that the south and gungahlin always cop these storms worse then the north?? To which I am grateful for as a north-sider. As much as I enjoy a good storm and the sound of rain, i really feel for those who get that short straw in these times….

Umm isn’t Gungahlin North Canberrra? Therefore the only people who get smashed are south Canberra and North Canberra, but the Belconnen jerks just sit pretty? Is that what you meant?

Thumper 11:50 am 05 Sep 10

that the south and gungahlin always cop these storms worse then the north

northside got flattened last night.

Mulberry 1:11 am 05 Sep 10

has anyone ever noticed (and i mean no sarcasm, innuendo or anything of the sort..) that the south and gungahlin always cop these storms worse then the north?? To which I am grateful for as a north-sider. As much as I enjoy a good storm and the sound of rain, i really feel for those who get that short straw in these times….

Just read a few “facebook” posts about south-siders with flooding houses and trees falling down etc.. i though it was bad enough when my outdoor heater fell down and crumpled..

Hope everyone stays safe and doesnt cop too much damage tonight!! 🙂

thatsnotme 10:53 pm 04 Sep 10

A short while ago, we were saying goodbye to a couple of friends who had been over for dinner, when we heard what sounded like a branch falling from the largish gum tree out the front of our house. Turned out it was actually the same species of gum across the road falling over, completely blocking the road. It’s pretty impressive – the roots have just broken free of the ground, and over it’s gone.

Now the wife and I are looking at our tree, which has always had a bit of a lean towards the house – and specifically our bedroon at the front of the house – and wondering if it’s leaning more than it used to… We’ve decided to sleep in spare beds at the far end of the house tonight.

So, does anyone know what the story is re having a tree doctor check out the stability of a street planting?

Raging Tempest 7:59 pm 04 Sep 10

My backyard is about 8 inches underwater, and what isn’t underwater is mud… Planning the changes to the garden as we speak. But I looove the sound of rain on the roof

thatsnotme 3:13 pm 04 Sep 10

I’m torn. I do love the rain, but it’s a bit depressing watching all the drought tolerent plants we put in last year dying over the past few months, as they drown!

Saw at least 3 downed trees in the Kippax area today – I guess waterlogged roots plus strong winds are going to bring down quite a few around the city today.

The Frots 1:17 pm 04 Sep 10

Well, you can count Gungahlin and Ngunnawal in that lot as well. Wind gusts are severe, though sporadic. Slight damage around the area – some gardens will need a revamp as will their fences.

grumpyrhonda 1:04 pm 04 Sep 10

I am enjoying the rain. I am safe and warm and dry. For this I am thankful.

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