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Severe thunderstorm causes power outages and flash floods across Canberra

Lachlan Roberts 5 February 2019 1
Did you witness the lightning display last night? Photo: Living Media.

Did you witness the lightning display last night? Photo: Living Media.

Thunder and lightning continue to roll into the nation’s capital, with the most recent deluge occurring last night (4 January) leaving felled trees, power outages and flash flooding in its wake.

The ACT recorded more than 31mm of rain in a three-hour downpour last night, causing the ACT State Emergency Service to receive 42 requests for assistance overnight.

The majority of requests were received from Civic, Braddon and Dickson in relation to minor roof damage, fallen trees across roads and local flooding issues.

More than 11,000 homes were left without power for several hours after the thunderstorm caused power outages across the south of Canberra, with Rivett, Forrest, Griffith, Narrabundah and Queanbeyan among the suburbs affected.

Flood water in Civic

Where were you when the storm hit?According to the Bureau of Meteorology, more than 31mm of rain fell on Canberra from 8:40 pm to midnight during a severe thunderstorm across the ACT. In this video captured last night, people are wading through flood water in Civic in the hours following the storm. Share your photos or footage of the storm near you below.

Posted by Breaking247 on Monday, 4 February 2019

ACT Rural Fire Service volunteers, ACT Fire & Rescue crews, Access Canberra and Transport Canberra and City Services assisted the ACT SES volunteers in cleaning up after the storm.

The public is asked to report any issues on the roads relating to the storm to Access Canberra on 132 500.

A tree fell across a Gungahlin Road. Photo: Sarah Perez.

ACTSES remind the Canberra community to be storm ready and to visit the ESA website for information on how to prepare for a storm.

To be storm ready, state emergency service advises that people should: 

  • Move vehicles under cover or away from trees;
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony;
  • Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences;
  • Clean your gutters, downpipes and drains regularly to prevent blockages
  • Trim trees and branches that could potentially fall on your home or property
  • Fix any damage to your roof including broken or missing tiles
  • Check your insurance policy is current and adequate
  • Make a plan for your family that outlines what you would do in an emergency
  • Prepare an emergency kit in case you lose power or need to leave your home
  • Report fallen power lines to either Ausgrid on 131 388, or Endeavour Energy on 131 003 or Essential Energy on 132 080, as shown on your power bill; and
  • For emergency help in floods and storms, ring your local SES Unit on 132 500.

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2:34 pm 05 Feb 19

Our router fried, yay!!

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