ACTSES urges caution as more torrential rains are expected in the capital region

Increase in water levels at the Uriarra Crossing. Photo: Michelle Kroll.

With all the dams at 100 percent capacity and up to 45mm of rain expected today, the ACT State Emergency Service advises the community to be prepared for localized flooding.

In the 24 hours starting at 9:00 am on Thursday (November 25), ACTSES responded to more than 100 calls for assistance and had more than 20 pending requests as of 8:30 am this morning.

Together with teams from ACT Fire & Rescue, ACT Rural Fire Service, and Transport Canberra City Services, they have been called upon to solve problems ranging from localized flooding to leaky roofs and downed trees.

Calls were received from the north and south of Canberra, but Kambah was mentioned as one of the worst affected areas.

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Point Hut Crossing and Oaks Estate Road closed around 6:00 pm yesterday.

In Queanbeyan, the low-level crossing near the city center was closed as the river level continues to rise. Saturated catchments and a full dam leave the SES Queanbeyan unit with significant flooding concerns before another rainy day.

The region yesterday registered between 30 mm and 50 mm of rain in the different areas. Rain means ACT has officially recorded its wettest November on record, and with more rain today, the region will get closer to being the wettest month on record.

To check all updated road and road closures throughout the ACT, go to City services website.

The community is reminded never to drive, walk, or ride through floods.

If you need help during a storm or flood, call ACT State Emergency Service at 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency, call Triple Zero (000).

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