Minor floods in Queanbeyan as ACT experiences its wettest November ever
The margin of the precipitation record is expected to increase as heavy rain continues on Friday.
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2021-11-26T12: 30: 00 + 11: 00
Parts of Canberra recorded up to 30 mm and 50 mm of rain on Thursday as the rain pushed the territory into its wettest November ever.
The ACT has had 147.8 mm of precipitation for the month of November, breaking the previous record of 138.2 mm set in 1995.
The recorded rainfall dates back to 1939.
Bureau of Meteorology chief meteorologist for NSW / ACT Agata Imielska said Friday would be a “key day where we get to see more rainfall”.
“The total rainfall in November is likely to continue to rise,” she said.
The agency expects up to 45mm 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 around noon.
Minor floods are also likely to develop along the Molongolo River at Oaks Estate, which was expected to reach the minor flood level of 4.50 m at. 11.00.
Queanbeyan Council workers were on site at the bridge on Morriset Street to monitor the rising water.
A councilor said the flooding was caused by overflows from Googong Dam.
The bridge was closed to traffic, but a worker would remain on either side to ensure no passage.
Jack Emanuel, one of the workers stationed at the bridge, was worried about parents who would potentially bring children down to swim in the crowded water.
He expected flooding to at least cover the bridge on Friday.
Sue-Anne Mackinnon had come down to see the rising water before work.
“I’m just worried it might rise more,” said Ms Mackinnon, who has experienced worse flooding in the area before.
A spectator said she lived outside Bungendore and had struggled to cross the creek to leave on Friday morning.
“I barely got over the creek you have to go through to get out of there this morning, I came to pick up supplies.”
“So when I turned right at the roundabout, I said ‘Holy shit!'” She said of the bridge closing and rising water.
“I’ve lived in the region for 30 years, but I’ve never actually been in the region since it was flooded like this.
“I just love the power of what you know, we live in our little civilized bubble with concrete and tar and internal combustion engines, we have push buttons heating in our homes, and it’s always, I just think a really good thing to see nature win. “
The wet weather continues into the weekend
Showers will continue into the weekend, but decrease.
Both days should provide “greater chance of a shower as opposed to rain”, with the current Saturday outlook showing only a millimeter of rain.
“Even if we see something, it’s probably relatively easy,” Ms Imielska said.
The rain will also continue next week as the record margin is expected to increase.
“We have that flood risk for this season,” she said.
The ACT Emergency Services Agency said it had received more than 100 requests for assistance since 1 p.m. 9 Thursday.
Firefighters, SES and Transport Canberra City Services have responded to reports of leaky roofs, felled trees and local floods, caused by high soil moisture content leading to congestion of rainwater systems and landslides.
ESA reminded society never to drive, walk or ride through floods.
Meanwhile, a low-pressure system that brought heavy rain and devastating winds to southern and western NSW is expected to push further east.
Do you feel soft? It’s November 2021 in #Canberra – # wettest on record with 148 mm so far. This is the most rain recorded for any November back to 1939, breaking the previous record of 138.2 mm set in November 1995. pic.twitter.com/N73myays3i
– Bureau of Meteorology Australian Capital Territory (@BOM_ACT) November 25, 2021
NSW has seen widespread flooding across the state after extensive heavy rainfall in areas where the ground is already saturated and rivers are already high in many areas and flooding in others.
Australia is heading for its wettest spring in a decade, and some regions of NSW have already received more than three times their normal rainfall in November.
A portable rain station south of Griffith on Thursday measured 60 mm in one hour.
Snowball, southeast of Canberra, recorded 28 mm in one hour and Braidwood recorded 15 mm in 30 minutes.
Gunnedah recorded more than 20 mm in 90 minutes, and a similar amount decreased at Gunnedah over a period of two hours.
Grafton recorded 20 mm in three hours, Cabramurra saw 26 mm fall over four hours.
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