26 September 2023

Emergency warning for floods at Christmas

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The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) has issued a warning on the increased risk of flooding this season and has urged Canberra’s community to prepare.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Mick Gentleman said above average rainfall had increased the risk of flash flooding in the Territory.

“By taking simple steps now and understanding your risk, you and your family can minimise damage to your home and property,” Mr Gentleman said.

“I encourage everyone to visit the ACTMapi website and search for their address to check if they are at risk of flooding,” he said.

Commissioner of ESA, Georgeina Whelan said the La Nina weather pattern is expected to see a higher risk of storm and flood during the bushfire season.

“With a La Nina event well and truly in force, it is important residents take the time now to prepare their homes and properties for all types of hazards,” Commissioner Whelan said.

“We’re reminding the community to keep clear of storm water drains and rising waterways as they pose a significant threat to life during a flood, remember – if it’s flooded forget it,” she said.

Commissioner Whelan called on people to speak with their children and loved ones about how dangerous storm water drains and rising waterways could be.

Information on how to prepare for flooding can be accessed at this PS News link and ACTMapi website at this link.

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