The Morisset St bridge in Queanbeyan is closed as crews cleanup debris from flood-waters. Photo: Rohan Thomson
Blue skies returned only briefly to Canberra on Wednesday before heavy rain hit the city after dark.
A record-breaking drenching and minor flooding prompted road closures and 36 emergency call-outs across the capital on Tuesday, while Canberra Airport received 70 millimetres from Monday.
A Bureau of Meteorology minor flood warning was updated on Wednesday after the Molonglo and Queanbeyan rivers both fell below minor flood levels. Both rivers peaked about midnight, with the Molonglo River at Oaks Estate nearing 5.3metres.
Tuggeranong and Googong Dam recorded falls of 90mm and 120mm respectively following steady rain.
The Territory and Municipal Services directorate announced road closures including Coppins Crossing, Angle Crossing, Oaks Estate Bridge, Sunshine Crossing and Point Hut Crossing, while drivers were warned of excess water on Majura Road.
Corin Road was closed between Woods Reserve and the Corin Dam due to a rock slide caused by rain. No cars were damaged by the rocks.
A TAMS spokesman said further road closures may be necessary and he warned motorists to take caution when driving in wet conditions.
The ACT State Emergency Service received 36 calls for help from 2pm on Tuesday, mostly in relation to minor damage.
Meteorologist Sean Carson said it was the wettest 24-hour period Canberra had recorded in about 18months, but rains were expected to dry up over the coming days. “All in all, it’s heading towards improving conditions,” he said. “There will still be some light falls around.”
Showers and possible clouds will linger in the ACT until Sunday.
Thursday will see partly cloudy conditions, with a top temperature of 16 degrees, after an overnight low of 7 degrees.
Friday will see possible showers and a top of 16 degrees, with clouds increasing on Saturday when there will be a top of 19 degrees.