3:00PM Severe Thunderstorm Update

Our whole of agency response to the Monday afternoon severe storms is ongoing and will likely continue into the tail end of the week.

As of 3:00pm this afternoon the ACT State Emergency Service (ACTSES) have received 834 requests for assistance, largely in relation to fallen trees causing structural damage and leaking roofs.  ACTESA and government services crews have responded to and completed 557 of these requests, with 277 jobs still outstanding.

Today we have active crews from ACTSES, ACTRFS, NSWSES, ACT Parks and Conservation and AFP servicing the community, with ongoing assistance from ACT Fire & Rescue and TCCS.  

At this time, the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting a possibility of severe storms on Thursday and Friday this week. Our amazing volunteers and staff are working tirelessly to complete all priority requests before further weather events impact the ACT.

We’re ready when Canberra prepares together. Now is the time to prepare your home before further storm activity commences later in the week.

The ACTSES advises you to:

  • Move your car under cover or away from trees.
  • Secure or put away loose items around your house, yard and balcony.
  • Keep at least 8 metres away from fallen power lines or objects that may be energised, such as fences.
  • Create or update your survival plan.
  • Stay indoors away from windows and keep children and pets indoors as well.
  • Remember to never drive, walk or ride through floodwater.

For assistance in a storm or flood call the ACTSES on 132 500, in a life-threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000).

Visit www.esa.act.gov.au/be-emergency-ready and www.bom.gov.au for more information.

We would like to thank the community for their ongoing vigilance and support through this incident.