Minor floods in Queanbeyan as ACT experiences wettest November ever | The Canberra Times

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Parts of Canberra fell as much as 30mm and 50mm of rain on Thursday as the downpour drove the area into the wettest November on record. The ACT hit 147.8mm of precipitation for the month of November, breaking the previous record of 138.2mm set in 1995. “key day when we will see more rain”. “The total amount of rain in November is likely to increase,” she said. The agency predicts up to 45 mm on Friday. BOM has warned of minor flooding along the Queanbeyan River, which is likely to reach the minor flood level of 4.40m at Queens Bridge at about 11am. A minor flood is also likely to occur along the Molongolo River at Oaks Estate, expected to reach the minor flood level of 4.50m at 11am. Queanbeyan city officials were on site at the Morriset Street bridge to monitor rising water levels. A municipal employee said the flooding was caused by the flooding of the Googong Dam. The bridge was closed to traffic, but a worker would remain on each side to make sure there was no passage. Jack Emanuel, one of the workers stationed at the bridge, was concerned about parents potentially taking children down to swim in the overflowing water. He expected that the water would at least cover the bridge on Friday. Sue-Anne Mackinnon had come down to watch the rising water before work. “I’m just worried it could rise even more,” said Ms Mackinnon, who has dealt with worse flooding in the area before. A bystander said she lived outside Bungendore and struggled to get across the creek to leave on Friday morning. “I barely got over the creek this morning that you have to go through to get out of there. I came to get supplies.” “So when I turned right at the roundabout, I said ‘Holy shit!’,” she said of the bridge closing and the rising water. “I’ve lived in the region for 30 years, but I’ve never been to the region when it flooded like this. “I just love the power of it, you know, we live in our little civilized bubble with concrete and tar and combustion engines, we have push-button heating in our homes, and it’s always good to see nature win.” Chance of a shower instead of rain”, while the current forecast for Saturday only predicts a millimeter of rain. “Even if we see something, it’s probably relatively light,” Ms Imielska said. the record margin is expected to widen. “We have that flood risk for this season,” she said. MORE NEWS: The ACT Emergency Services Agency said it had received more than 100 requests for help since 9am on Thursday. Firefighters, SES and Transport Canberra City Services have responded to reports of leaking ro vans, fallen trees and localized flooding caused by high soil moisture levels, leading to stormwater system overloads and overland flooding. ESA reminded the community never to drive, walk or drive through flood waters. Meanwhile, a low-pressure system that brought heavy rainfall and damaging winds to the south and west of NSW is expected to push further east. NSW has seen widespread flooding in the state following extensive heavy rainfall in areas where soils are already saturated and rivers already high in many areas and flooding in others. Australia is on track for its wettest spring in a decade and some regions in NSW have already had more than three times the rainfall normally seen in November. A portable rain station south of Griffith measured 60mm in an hour on Thursday. Snowball, south east of Canberra, registered 28mm in an hour and Braidwood registered 15mm in 30 minutes. Gunnedah registered over 20mm in 90 minutes and a comparable amount fell in Gunnedah in a two hour period. Grafton registered 20mm in three hours, Cabramurra saw 26mm fall in four hours. with AAP Our journalists work hard to provide local, current news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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