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09 JUN 2016 DPFEM Media Unit 03 6173 2424


Flood Update 1200hrs

Key Message for Broadcast:

Tasmania is experiencing a significant flooding event. Even when it has stopped raining, flood waters will still be an issue. Do not enter floodwaters under any circumstances. Flood waters are dangerous and unpredictable due to fast flows and hazards that you can't see. For further information visit TasALERT - Tasmania Emergency Information Link to External Site.

The State Emergency Service is conducting some sandbagging and rapid impact assessments in flood affected areas. Some houses and businesses in flood affected areas remain inundated.

Although river levels in Launceston have decreased and will decrease further overnight, it is anticipated that floodwaters will take up to a week to recede. Flood gates across the North will remain closed until the water levels have reduced sufficiently.

Flood waters will remain dangerous even if they appear to be calm on the surface. There is a significant amount of debris in the rivers and damage to roads under the surface of the water and it is imperative that people do not enter flood waters under any circumstances. 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 are unwelcome.

Road closures:
For an up to date list of of road closures visit Community Alerts and Road Closures (Tasmania Police) Link to External Site

Recovery Information:

Visit TasAlert: Link to External Site

Recovery Centres:

  • Latrobe Recovery Centre (Memorial Hall, James St)
  • Launceston Recovery Centre (University of Tasmania Newnham Campus, Newnham Drive)

Latest Available Statistics:

  • Almost 400 requests for assistance since Sunday

Dwellings inundated:

  • 173 confirmed flood affected structures
  • 52 of those are residential buildings
  • 19 residential buildings in Latrobe are inhabitable.

Safety Advice:

  • Do not go near flood waters, drains or culverts.
  • Do not drive, walk, swim or cycle through flood waters.
  • 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 for regular updates.
  • Road closures check Link to External Site.



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