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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.

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.