News Alerts

Townhouse fire in Holt

A fire has caused significant damage to a townhouse in Berkeley Gardens, Holt.

ACT Fire & Rescue responded two fire pumpers that contained the blaze, a third provided support at the scene. The Breathing Apparatus vehicle is also on scene.

Fire investigations will be carried out to determine the cause of the fire.

No injuries have been reported.

Update 2 – response to heavy rain

149 requests for assistance have been received since 5 pm Friday, 1 December.

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) and ACT Fire & Rescue are responding.

Most of the jobs relate to leaking roofs.

The ACTSES is calling on Canberrans to take care not to drive, walk, ride or play in or near flood waters or stormwater drains.

If you require assistance during storms or flood call 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000).

Update 1 – response to heavy rain

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has received 23 calls for assistance since 5 pm Friday, 1 December.

Most of the jobs relate to backyard and garage flooding, as well as leaking roofs.

If you require assistance during storms or flood call 132 500. In a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000).

No injuries or serious damage have been reported so far.

ACTSES responds to rain damage

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has received 10 requests for assistance following heavy rain today (1 December).

ACT Fire & Rescue are also assisting with the response.

Most of the jobs have related to fallen trees and water coming into homes.

The ACTSES is advising people to not climb onto roofs to remove leaf litter in the wet, and to assess their property in the morning when safe to do so.

No injuries or serious damage have been reported so far.

For help in floods or storms call 132 500. In a life threating emergency call Triple Zero (000).

Summer rain on its way

With a significant amount of rain predicted for the first weekend of summer, the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) is urging Canberrans to prepare today.

“A significant cold front is forecast to sweep across New South Wales and the ACT this weekend. This system is likely to generate widespread heavy rain,” ESA Commissioner Dominic Lane said.

“At 11:00am BOM raised their warnings to include Canberra. We urge Canberrans to prepare now to avoid injury or property damage.

“It’s also important to remember that the recent rain means the ground in some areas is already saturated, which in turn increases the risk of flooding and the likelihood of large trees falling over during windy conditions.”

The ACT ESA is calling on Canberrans to take care not to drive, walk, ride or play in or near flood waters or stormwater drains.

“Please drive to conditions. If it’s flooded, forget it. Do not attempt to cross a flooded road, bridge or causeway and if driving becomes too difficult pull over safely to the side of the road and wait until conditions improve”, Commissioner Lane said.

“The ACT Government is well prepared ahead of this year’s storm and bushfire season, and we ask the community to take responsibility for their own preparations and to look out for each other,” Commissioner Lane concluded.

For help in floods or storms call 132 500. In a life threating emergency call Triple Zero (000). For more tips on how you can prepare for a flood or storm visit the emergency services website www.esa.act.gov.au.ACT_ESA_Media_Release_-_Summer_rain_on_its_way