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Tuggeranong Hail Doozy

By johnboy 5 January 2011 33

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Adam has sent in the above pic of the hail which has just lashed Tuggeranong.

Got more pix of it? Send them to images@the-riotact.com

Slideshow below. Thanks to Kazza The Blank One, Dave F, John Lafferty, Anthony Caffrey, Adam, AndyM and Mark for sending them in.

UPDATE: The ESA’s tale of woe is also below the fold.

FURTHER UPDATE: Thanks to Douglas for sending in this video which captures the fury of such large hunks of ice falling from the sky nicely:

    7:00pm Wednesday 5 January 2011– 30 calls for help following hail storm ACT State Emergency Service has received a total of 30 calls for assistance following a hail storm tonight.

    The majority of calls have been water through ceilings on the southern side of Canberra around Tuggeranong.

    ACTSES volunteers and ACT Fire Brigade are responding to the calls for help.

    Residents who require assistance can call the ACTSES on 132-500.

    7:30pm Wednesday 5 January 2011 – Update following hail storm. ACTSES and ACT Fire Brigade have now received over 60 calls for help following hail storm.

    Conder and Banks mostly affected areas with hail damage and water through ceilings.

    Residents who require assistance can call the ACTSES on 132-500.

    8:20pm Wednesday 5 January 2011 – Update two following hail storm. ACTSES and ACT Fire Brigade have now received a total of 84 calls for help following hail storm.

    Most calls relate to water inundating residential homes with some broken roof tiles and skylights due to hail.

    Residents who require assistance can call the ACTSES on 132-500.

    9:40pm Wednesday 5 January 2011 – Update three following hail storm. ACTSES and ACT Fire Brigade have received a total of 103 calls for help following hail storm.

    Volunteer crews from the ACT Rural Fire Service have also assisted in the clean-up.

    Mostly hail and water damage at Conder and Banks, with some trees and branches also down at Ainslie and Florey.

    Residents who require assistance can call the ACTSES on 132-500.

    10:40pm Wednesday 5 January 2011 – Update four following hail storm. ACT State Emergency Service has now received a total of 111 calls for help following hail storm.

    SES Units, ACT Fire Brigade and ACT Rural Fire Service volunteers are aiming to complete remaining jobs through the night with 28 outstanding.

    Residents who require assistance can call the ACTSES on 132-500.

    12:20am Thursday 6 January 2011 – Update five following hail storm. ACT State Emergency Service has received a total of 116 calls for help following hail storm.

    SES Units, ACT Fire Brigade and ACT Rural Fire Service volunteers have no jobs outstanding.

    Most Units have stood down with the last crew due to finish at 1:30am

    Residents who require assistance can call the ACTSES on 132-500.

    9:35am Thursday 6 January 2011 – Update six following hail storm. ACT State Emergency Service has resumed clean-up operations after receiving more calls for help this morning following yesterdays hail storm.

    A total of 122 calls for help have been received with ACTSES volunteers currently on site at residences at Conder and Banks with hail damage to roofs.

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ronafios 9:26 pm 06 Jan 11

By the way, I meant PAINTLESS dent repair. I tried to edit the comment but couldn’t work out how. I’m not that interested in hearing about pantless dent repair…

ronafios 8:44 pm 06 Jan 11

My car has about 60 or 70 relatively minor dings (indentations, but paint intact) – but the insurance company gave me a 1 Feb date for assessment, let alone repair. I have a fairly high excess, wondering if I might be better off going through a PDR person locally? Has anyone got an idea of cost, or any experience with anyone doing the pantless dent repair? None of the dings look too severe, especially compared to some I’ve seen from the Sydney storms over the years!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/11817463@N03/sets/72157625760005700/

I included a photo of my shredded vegetable garden… hail went straight through the leaves! Weird. My garden shed door blew off (I should have replaced the hinges…) and it was dented too. But, I think I can let that slide… 😉

GottaLoveCanberra 5:27 pm 06 Jan 11

The Monash BOM site is literally right over my back fence, well what little bit I can still see of it due to the grass haha.

Captain RAAF 3:22 pm 06 Jan 11

andym, it’s all going to come down to how much it will cost to repair and what the car is worth. Early model cars worth less than $5K will struggle to be repaired if they have hail damage all over, like mine.

nanzan 1:58 pm 06 Jan 11

@ MrsD1ngo #28

In the context of Canberra’s suburb names, Isabella Plains stands out as being very unusual. Most place names are one-word names, and most refer to a person or group, not to a geographic feature.

Originally, in the nineteenth century, that part of the Tuggeranong Valley was called Isabella’s Plain…but it was eventually changed to Isabella Plains (hence that name for the suburb which sits on part of the plain). Isabella was the daughter of Thomas Brisbane, the colonial Governor of New South Wales when the area was first explored by white settlers in 1823, and it was thought the original name could have been taken as an unkind reference to her appearance!

MrsD1ngo 11:55 am 06 Jan 11

@ s-s-a #25 – that’s the old one. It got moved a bit further west as Goodwin Village has now built over about a third of the whole site between Cockcroft and Clive Steele.

@ nanzan #24 – who knows, I’m not local to ACT but isn’t the whole flat area of Monash, Isabella and Richardson part of the old farming ‘plains’ lands?

andym 11:52 am 06 Jan 11

Our car copped a couple of small dents. I saw one being carted off this morning that looked like it had been used for practise on a golf driving range.
Can these little dents be repaired or is the car a right off?

ronafios 11:25 am 06 Jan 11

My poor Volvo got caught out in it. Lots of little dents across the bonnet/roof/boot and some bigger ones. Shredded the veggie garden completely and broke a few tiles on the roof – no glass lost though. It was all over in like 10 mins or less where i was (Theodore).

The car is massively inconvenient. I imagine there will be an enormous waiting list for repairs now.

The hail stones at the beginning of the storm were the biggest I’d ever seen in Canberra.

s-s-a 11:05 am 06 Jan 11

Oh I see it over there. Thanks!!

nanzan 10:25 am 06 Jan 11

Tuggeranong Weather Station is at 15 Cockcroft Avenue, Monash.

Here’s the GoogleMaps link:

http://maps.google.com.au/maps?client=safari&rls=en&q=15+cockcroft+avenue+monash&oe=UTF-8&redir_esc=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=15+Cockcroft+Ave,+Monash+ACT+2904&gl=au&ei=Tf0kTfXDCYTmvQOFscWiAg&sa=X&oi=geocode_result&ct=image&resnum=1&ved=0CBYQ8gEwAA

So, if it’s in Monash, why does the BOM refer to it as Isabella Plains, I wonder?

MrsD1ngo 10:14 am 06 Jan 11

The weather station was where the new Goodwin Village is at Monash. Got moved somewhere else on the site between Cockcroft Avenue and Clive Steele.

andym 10:13 am 06 Jan 11

Apologies – looks like I screwed the link. But its to the north east of that location off Cockcroft Drive.

andym 10:03 am 06 Jan 11

SSA – The BOM weather station is here off Cockcroft Avenue

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