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Update ten – 82 calls for help due to wet weather

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) advises that the heavy rain forecast overnight may impact on some residents and businesses across the ACT. The ESA is fully activated and ready to respond to the impact of the rain as required through the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) with support from ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service.

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has received a total of 82 calls for help since 3pm yesterday as a result of the wet weather.

ACTSES volunteers and ACT Fire and Rescue continue to respond with the majority of calls for leaking roofs and minor flooding across the ACT.

Residents who require assistance can call the SES on 132 500.

Update nine – Flood preparation advice to ACT residents

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) advises the heavy rain forecast overnight may impact on some residents and businesses across the ACT.

It is possible that Oaks Estate, Pialligo and the Lower Molonglo areas of the ACT may be subject to significant flooding if the forecast weather eventuates.

People in these areas should make sure they keep aware of their surroundings in case of flooding. You should monitor ACT local media, the ESA website (esa.act.gov.au) and the ESA Twitter and Facebook accounts for alerts and updates.

If an evacuation is required advice will be provided to affected residents through these channels and via the EMERGENCY ALERT telephone warnings system, if appropriate.

Residents elsewhere in Territory can also expect localised flash flooding throughout the ACT which means elevated local creeks and drains and across roads and footpaths. They may also experience roof damage from water inundation. The ACTSES strongly advise people to stay away from storm water drains or large bodies of water.

The ESA is fully activated and ready to respond to the impact of the rain as required through the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) with support from ACT Fire & Rescue and the ACT Rural Fire Service.

Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions including slowing down and leaving a greater distance between you and the car in front. Under no circumstances attempt to drive through large bodies of water.

The Bureau of Meteorology web site (www.bom.gov.au/act) publishes all flood warnings, rainfall and river level information.

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

Update six – 63 calls for help due to wet weather

The Bureau of Meteorology has just advised the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) that the forecast remains for heavy rain to fall across the Territory from sunset today to sunrise tomorrow.

ACTSES units assisted by ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service continue to be on alert to respond to calls for help from the community on 132 500.

The ACTSES reminds parents to make sure your children do not go near floodways. Playing near stormwater drains or large bodies of water places your children at high risk of serious injury or death.

The ACTSES has now responded to a total of 63 calls for help since 3pm yesterday. Most of the calls today have come from the southside.