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06 JUN 2016 DPFEM Media Unit 03 6173 2424

 

Flood Update – Lower Derwent Valley - 1400hrs

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a major flood warning for the Derwent River and River Ouse. Major flooding is expected to develop along the River Ouse today. Some properties in these areas are likely to become isolated and/or inundated by flood waters.

SES have commenced evacuating affected residents, with an evacuation centre now operating at Carinya Community Centre, 103 Blair St, New Norfolk.

Tasmania Police has closed the Lyell Highway at Ouse. The River Ouse is expected to exceed the major flood level this afternoon. Communities likely to be affected include Ouse.

The River Derwent below Meadowbank Dam is expected to reach major flood levels on Tuesday morning. Communities likely to be affected include Meadowbank, Gretna, Glenora, Bushy Park, Macquarie Plains, Rosegarland, Hayes, and Plenty. Flood waters are a threat to public safety.

Livestock, equipment and crops in the Lower Derwent Valley are likely to be threatened by flood waters.

Driving conditions may be dangerous.

Current reported road closures listed on the Tasmania Police website: police.tas.gov.au Link to External Site.

Advice to community:

  • Do not go near flood waters, drains or culverts.
  • Do not drive, walk, swim or cycle through flood waters.
  • Stay away from beaches as potentially 8m swells are expected on Northern East Coast of the state.
  • 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 ASSSISTANCE CONTACT SES ON 132 500


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