17 January 2020

SES receives 130 requests for assistances as rains finally fall

| Dominic Giannini
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Storms in Canberra

Cloud over Canberra on Wednesday afternoon (16 January). Photo: Michael Weaver, Region Media.

When the storms hit Canberra and firies started to celebrate overnight, the calls started coming in to the ACT State Emergency Service (SES).

According to the Emergency Services Agency (ESA), more than 130 calls for help were received.


By 6:00 pm yesterday (16 January), the ACT SES had received 45 requests for assistance, with the majority of call-outs due to water in roof cavities, skylight and roof damage, and localised flooding.

Video: Em Barclay via The Canberra Page.

The Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) issued a severe thunderstorm warning and road weather alert for Canberra as lightning and hail battered the region.

The weather is set to clear in the capital by tomorrow, with only a slight chance of a shower in the afternoon; however, thunderstorms are forecast to hit the ACT on Sunday and Monday.


Storms in Fyshwick yesterday. Photo: Michael Ilsley via The Canberra Page.

Both the BOM and ESA urged motorists to take extreme care in the conditions.

“Slippery roads and reduced visibility in heavy rain with thunderstorms can make driving conditions dangerous,” the ESA said.

If you need assistance due to damage from storms or floods, call the ACTSES on 132 500.

In a life-threatening emergency call 000.

Hail in Macgregor

Hail in Macgregor. Photo: Kelly Maree via The Canberra Page.

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