Minor flooding in Queanbeyan as ACT experiences wettest November on record | Canberra Times

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Parts of Canberra recorded up to 30mm and 50mm of rain on Thursday, with torrential rain pushing the region into the wettest November on record. The ACT reached 147.8mm of precipitation for November, breaking the previous record of 138.2mm set in 1995. The total amount of recorded precipitation dates back to 1939. “The key day is when we will see more precipitation,” said Agata Imielska, the Bureau of Meteorology, which manages the meteorologist for NSW/ACT. “The November precipitation total is likely to still increase,” he said. The bureau estimates up to 45mm on Friday. BOM has warned of minor flooding along the Queanbeyan river that is likely to reach a minor flood level of 4.40m at around 11am on Queens Bridge. Minor flooding is also likely to develop along the Molongolo River at Oaks Estate, which is expected to reach a minor flood level of 4.50m at 11am. Queanbeyan municipal workers were on the bridge in Morriset Street to watch the rising water. A municipal employee said the flood was caused by overflow from the Googong Dam. The bridge was closed to traffic, but one worker would remain on each side to avoid crossing. One of the workers on the bridge, Jack Emanuel, was concerned that families might bring their children to swim in the overflowing water. He expected floodwaters to close the bridge at least on Friday. Sue-Anne Mackinnon had come down before work to watch the rising water. “I’m just worried it might get higher,” said Ms Mackinnon, who has experienced worse flooding in the area before. An eyewitness said he lived outside of Bungendore and struggled to cross the creek on Friday morning. “I’ve barely crossed the stream this morning to get out of there, so I came to get supplies.” About the closure of the bridge and the rising water “So when I turn right at the roundabout I’m like, ‘Wow!’ I said, “I’ve been living in the area for 30 years, but I’ve never been in the area when there was such a flood. I just love your strength, you know, living in our little civil bubble with concrete and tar. and internal combustion engines, we have button heating in our homes, and I always think it’s a really good thing to see nature win. The current Saturday forecast is just one millimeter of rain. “Even if we do see something, it’s likely to be relatively mild,” Imielska said. Rain will continue next week. The record margin is expected to widen. “We have a risk of flooding this season,” he said. MORE NEWS: The ACT Emergency Services Agency said it has received more than 100 requests for help since 9am on Thursday. Firefighters, SES and Transport Canberra City Services are responding to reports of leaks caused by high soil moisture content causing stormwater systems overload and land flooding, trees and fallen trees, and local flooding. ESA reminded the community to never drive, walk or ride horses in flood waters. Meanwhile, the low pressure system is expected to move eastward, bringing heavy rains and damaging winds to south and west NSW. NSW saw widespread flooding across the state, after heavy rain in areas where the ground was already saturated and rivers already high in many areas, and flooding in others. Australia is experiencing its wettest spring in the decade, and some areas in NSW received more than triple their normal November precipitation. A portable rain station south of Griffith measured 60mm in an hour on Thursday. Snowball, southeast of Canberra, recorded 28mm in an hour and Braidwood recorded 15mm in 30 minutes. Gunnedah recorded over 20mm in 90 minutes and fell a similar amount to Gunnedah in a two-hour period. Grafton recorded 20mm in three hours, while Cabramurra saw a 26mm drop in four hours. With AAP, our Journalists work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. You can continue to access our trusted content by:

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