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08 JUN 2016 DPFEM Media Unit 03 6173 2424

 

Flood Update 1100hrs

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

There is no additional inundation to Invermay, but residents of Invermay are advised to remain extremely vigilant.

Newstead is now not expected to flood.

In Longford the flood peak has passed overnight and the levy has successfully held the floodwaters.  Longford can now return to normal business.

Flood waters will remain dangerous even if they appear to be calm on the surface. It is imperative that people do not enter flood waters under any circumstances.

There is significant damage to roads and we urge people not to attempt to travel through still or rising floodwaters.

The West Tamar Highway is now open to all traffic with a 40km/h speed limit. Traffic from the Midland Highway (Eastern) part of Illawarra Road, can access Longford without issue. A full road closure list is available www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts Link to External Site.

The Tamar Street Bridge is open.

Charles Street Bridge remains closed until at least late this afternoon.

The New Norfolk Evacuation Centre is now closed.

We urge people to avoid all non-essential travel and remind the community that safety is a shared responsibility and unnecessary visits to affected areas is unwelcome.

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

Advice to community:

The number to call for those affected is: Tasmanian Emergency Information Service - 1800 567 567

Three evacuation centre and a recovery centre have been set up at:

  • Silverdome (55 Oakden St, Prospect)
  • University of Tasmania Newnham Campus (Newnham Drive)
  • Longford (Longford Town Hall, Wellington St)
  • Latrobe (Latrobe Memorial Hall, James St) – recovery centre

Safety Advice

  • 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. 

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
  • Almost 400 requests for assistance since Sunday

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