Flood risk for the ACT

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that heavy rainfall, that may lead to flash flooding, is forecast to develop in the ACT tomorrow.

A Flood Watch has been issued for the Queanbeyan and Molonglo rivers, with minor flooding forecast in these catchments as a result of expected rainfall. Up to 70mm of rain is forecast to fall in the ACT tomorrow.

The ACT State Emergency Service is closely monitoring the flood risk to the ACT associated with this rainfall event.

At this stage the risk associated with riverine flooding to the ACT remains low, but the situation could change quickly.

We are asking the community to take the following actions to stay safe:

  • Never drive, ride or walk through floodwater
  • Stay clear of rivers, creeks and stormwater drains as waterways are rising slowly due to the persistent rain
  • Do not swim, kayak or undertake other water sports in swollen rivers or creeks
  • Clear roofs and gutters of debris
  • Drive safely to the road conditions

We also ask that parents talk to their children about the risk of playing in or around stormwater drains or creeks, and encourage their children to share this with their peers. Everyone should stay clear of stormwater drains and creeks during significant rainfall events.

ACT dam storage levels are at 99.96 per cent and dams may spill as a result of the forecast rainfall.

A number of low level crossings in the ACT, including Oaks Estate Road, Point Hut Crossing and Angle Crossing are closed due to elevated river heights. Other low level crossings may close at short notice as a result of the significant rainfall being experienced in the ACT.

More information on road closures is available at https://www.cityservices.act.gov.au/roads-and-paths/act_public_road_closures

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

Visit https://esa.act.gov.au/be-emergency-ready/floods or www.bom.gov.au for more information.