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07 JUN 2016 DPFEM Media Unit 03 6173 2424

 

Flood Update 0900hrs

Tasmania has experienced some of the worst flooding in at least 40 years, with record rain falls and record river heights recorded in some locations.

Major flooding is occurring in the South Esk, Macquarie and Meander Rivers, with widespread localised flooding across the state.

In excess of 100 roads are closed across the state due to localised flooding and damaged bridges.

Eight flood gates are closed on the eastern side of the Invermay/Inveresk levee system and 3 at Longford.

We urge people to avoid all non-essential travel.

Residents are asked to remain vigilant and monitor the ABC as the emergency broadcaster.

Statistics:
Dwellings inundated:

  • 50 properties in Newstead
  • 20 dwellings and 15 businesses in Latrobe
  • 7 dwellings in Wynyard
  • 5 dwellings in Ouse
  • A number of properties inundated in outlying rural areas

What are we doing:

  • All available SES crews are working statewide to assist residents with flood affected properties (there are around 550 volunteers).
  • SES state and regional operations centres are active in Hobart, the North West, North and South.
  • We have had more than 350 requests for assistance since Sunday.
  • A number of people have been evacuated from their properties in the communities of Latrobe, Ouse, Newstead and the Meander Valley.
  • We’ve rescued several people from their vehicles when they have entered flood waters.
  • We’ve been sandbagging various locations including businesses in Latrobe and around the Ouse, assisting police in evacuating affected schools and responding to requests for assistance.
  • More rain is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday so we urge people to be prepared.
  • SES is being supported by TFS and is working closely with other agencies including the Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania Police and Municipal Councils.

Advice to community:
Evacuation Centre has been set up at:

  • New Norfolk – Carinya Community Centre

All other evacuation centres have been closed.

  • Do not go near flood waters, drains or culverts.
  • Do not drive, walk, swim or cycle through flood waters.
  • Stay away from beaches
  • Beware of damaged trees and keep clear of fallen powerlines and floodwaters surrounding them.
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.
  • Check on livestock and pets to ensure they are safe from floodwaters.
  • Drive to the conditions. If you don’t need to drive in the wet, stay indoors.
  • Listen to ABC local radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for regular updates.
  • Road closures check www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts Link to External Site.

FOR FLOOD AND EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE CONTACT SES ON 132 500
IN LIFE THREATENING SITUATIONS CALL 000


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