Days to clean up after the storm hit Canberra, Australia

A heavy thunderstorm struck Canberra, Australia’s capital, on Monday, damaging homes and cars, and cleaning activities are expected to continue for several days.

The ACT State Emergency Service (SES) said it received 436 requests for assistance after a thunderstorm at around 5:20 pm after a thunderstorm on Monday night.

Large hail stones and strong winds were predicted, and SES warned residents to secure their property.

The SES crew had completed 211 jobs by 6:30 am on Tuesday, had over 200 requests unprocessed, and worked overnight to support the community.

Most of the calls were from the most hit areas of Belconnen and Gangalin. There, power lines fell, local floods occurred, and trees fell on houses, cars, and roads.

Additional staff and volunteers will participate in the cleanup work from 8am on Tuesday.

“Cleanup is expected to last for the next few days, with the highest priority incidents coming first,” says SES. Said in a statementHe added that more staff and volunteers would be involved in this effort on Tuesday morning.

According to SES, staff and volunteers worked overnight to support the community.

According to EvoEnergy, electricity was restored to 10,000 households, but more than 7,500 Belconnen customers had no electricity available all night.

“Because of the enormous damage, it will take some time to repair, so please wait for a while,” the power company said on Twitter.

SES reported that the person answering the call on Monday night received a large number of calls and work was prioritized due to urgency.

Authorities urged residents to call ACTSES at 132500 for assistance rather than the Triple Zero (000) emergency line used for police, fire and ambulances.

Caden Pearson


Caden Pearson is an Australian-based reporter with a background in screen writing and documentary. Contact him at [email protected]