Crews work to help clean up city following inclement weather


Released 19/02/2019

Crews from Transport Canberra and City Services (TCCS) are continuing to work to repair damage to the urban forest caused by recent inclement weather and are asking the community to please be patient as we work through the program of less urgent requests.

“High winds have damaged trees and branches across Canberra and TCCS crews have been inundated with requests. The focus is currently on jobs that include removing branches and trees that pose a safety risk or that are blocking access to roads, paths and driveways,” Executive Branch Manager of City Presentation, Stephen Alegria said.

“The clean-up is well underway, with the list of trees requiring attention growing as community reports continue to come in. We rely on these community reports and encourage people to log a job through Access Canberra if they see a fallen tree or broken branches that don’t look safe.

“The removal of branches for amenity reasons is a lower priority and, when possible, this is undertaken at the same time as regular tree pruning or removal activities to make it as efficient as possible.”

The wind and dust storm on Tuesday 12 February 2019 has impacted a large part of Canberra with suburbs south of the city particularly affected.

“It is always a collective effort to help clean up the city following weather events with crews from the ACT Emergency Services Agency, Roads ACT, Access Canberra and other groups joining together around the clock,” Mr Alegria said.

The ACT ESA received 128 calls for help during last Tuesday’s wind and dust event.  Some of these calls have added to the backlog of tree requests already on the list for pruning or removal following other recent storm activity this summer and may result in delays to previously programmed works.

Canberrans can report any safety issue from damaged trees on the Fix my Street website at www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au or by phoning 13 22 81.

TCCS would like to thank the community for their understanding as crews continue to work through the large volume of work.

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