Wednesday marks the official end of the Territory’s bushfire and storm season.
Cooler and wetter than average conditions helped to significantly reduce fire activity across the region, compared with the severe season experience 12 months earlier.
However, ACT Emergency Services Agency Commissioner, Georgeina Whelan said authorities were still kept busy over the past few months.
“Our team of teams worked very hard this season responding to storm related incidents, vertical rescues, flood rescues, small grass fires and search and rescues.”
This season’s La Nina weather event has caused significant water and storm damage across the region.
The State Emergency Service received more than 240 calls for help as a result of the wet weather.
Commissioner Whealan has thanked members and volunteers for their work, particularly during last week’s heavy rain and local flooding.
“I thank them for their ongoing support ensuring the safety of Canberrans. As the 2020-21 season comes to an end, we look forward to working hard over the coming months to prepare for the 2021-22 season.”
While, she also warned against complacency moving forward.
“As we recognise today as the end of the official bushfire and storm season, we are all too aware of natural disasters occurring all year round and it is important Canberrans remain vigilant and continue to be prepared.”