Flash floods caused hundreds of dollars worth of damage to houses in Belconnen and isolated areas of the Woden Valley, The Canberra Times reported on this day 49 years ago.
Cars were pushed by the water and storm water drains were unable to cope with the deluge across the city.
Rain lashed Canberra for the fifth successive day. 137 points of rain fell in less than 10 minutes in Aranda, and roads were turned into creeks.
A three foot torrent burst into several homes. Mr W. Bloem's home in Gurnai Place was swamped. He said he'd have to replace $1000 worth of cork-tiled flooring.
His home had been soaked in another flood almost a year earlier and he doubted that they could take much more.
Mrs Bloem said their house had been built on a natural water course for the area and the drainage system was hopelessly inadequate.
Several other houses in the area lost fences as water forced its way into homes.
The force of water in underground drains had pushed open a concrete manhole-cover and water had spurted out like a fountain. Streets in many other parts of the city were awash, but little serious damage elsewhere.
The weather bureau said the storm missed the official rain gauge at Fairbairn, where only two points of rain fell in twelve hours.