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Update 15 – 118 calls for help due to the wet weather

Commonwealth Avenue off ramp to Parkes Way is closed because of flooding.

The ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) has now received 47 calls for help overnight and a total 118 since 3pm Tuesday.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised the ACTSES that we have received between 50 and 55mm of rain since 3pm yesterday afternoon in the Territory.

The rain is now expected to ease across ACT at around 8am. There may be some showers throughout the morning, there are also expected to be periods where the weather is dry.

The rain may then return mid to late morning this morning, with somewhere around 20mm expected up to midnight tonight.

It looks like being reasonably dry between midnight tonight and through to Friday morning. The remainder of Friday looks like being reasonably dry at this stage.

Update 14 – More road closures due to the wet weather

Motorists are also advised to use caution when driving on the Kings Highway as the wet weather has deteriorated existing road works.

Signage and/or barriers are being erected to alert people of the road and crossing closures. Further closures may be necessary due to the predicted heavy rain.and crossing closures. Further closures may be necessary due to the predicted heavy rain.

The following roads and crossings remain closed as a result of rain:

Bendora Dam Road; Brindabella Road; Mount Franklin Road; Boboyan Road; Orroral Valley Road; Apollo Road; Coppins Crossing; Point Hut Crossing; Oaks Estate Crossing; Sunshine Crossing; Angle Crossing; Corin Dam Road at Square Rock car park (with access to Corin Forest recreational playground maintained); Molonglo Gorge Road; and Roads in Namadgi National Park.

The public is also advised that several park and recreation areas are closed, including:

Namadgi National Park; Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve; Googong Foreshores; Pine Island recreation area; Point Hut Crossing recreation area; Kambah Pool recreation area Uriarra Crossing East and West recreation areas; Walking tracks and recreation areas below the Cotter Dam; The National Arboretum; Molonglo Gorge; Woods Reserve; and All forest areas.

Update 13 – 107 calls for help due to the wet weather

The ACT State Emergency Service has now received 36 calls for help overnight and a total 107 since 3pm Tuesday.

Namadgi National Park is closed one kilometre from Tharwa. This includes the Namadgi Visitor Centre.

The ACTSES advises motorists that there is localised flooding over many roads across Canberra this morning.

The ACTSES strongly urges drivers to take extra care in these areas. This includes avoiding driving through large bodies of water.

Anyone who needs emergency flood help can call the ACTSES on 132 500.

Update 12 – Road closures near Tharwa due to the wet weather

Further road closures have been made this morning because of the wet weather.

Spring Station Creek has flooded over Naas Road just south of Tharwa isolating residents on Smiths Road and Upper Naas Road.

Namadgi National Park Visitor’s Centre is also isolated.

These are in addition to Coppins Crossing Road and Point Hut Road which were also closed overnight.

Update 11 – 96 calls for help due to the wet weather

The ACT State Emergency Service received 27 calls for help overnight from across the Territory for minor flooding.

This takes the total number of calls to the ACTSES to 96 since 3pm Tuesday.

Coppins Crossing Road and Point Hut Road were also closed overnight because of flooding.

There is also localised flooding across roads throughout the region. Motorists are urged to drive to the conditions.

The BOM has advised the ACTSES that over 40mm of rain has been recorded in Canberra since 9am yesterday.

The forecast is for rain to continue at a steady rate through today.

ACTSES crews remain activated and ready to respond to calls with help from ACT Fire & Rescue and ACT Rural Fire Service.

Anyone who needs emergency flood help can call the ACTSES on 132 500.