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06 JUN 2016 DPFEM Media Unit 03 6173 2424

 

Flood Update 1600hrs

Exceptionally heavy rain has fallen across Northern Tasmania over the past 36 hours. This has led to major flooding on the Mersey, Forth, North Esk Rivers. Major flooding is developing today in the South Esk, Meander, Ouse and Derwent Rivers.

  • SES is working with Tasmania Police and other agencies to help ensure public safety as we deal with this significant flood event.
  • 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 270 requests for assistance (60 still open) so far today.
  • More than 100 properties have been inundated by the floods.
  • 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 businesses in Latrobe, assisting police in evacuating affected schools and responding to requests for assistance.
  • It’s too early to give an estimate of damage to infrastructure – our priority is to respond to the situation.
  • 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.

Evacuation Centres have been set up at:

  • Launceston – Albert Hall, Cnr Cimitere and Tamar Streets
  • Wynyard – Railway Institute Hall, Station Street (Back of airport)
  • East Devonport – East Devonport Recreation Ground, Caroline Street
  • Deloraine – Deloraine Community Centre, Alverston Drive Deloraine
  • New Norfolk - Carinya Community Centre

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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