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07 JUN 2016 DPFEM Media Unit 03 6173 2424

 

Flood Update 1700hrs

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

Damaging flows from the South Esk River may be experienced at any time from now, with an expected peak between 2am and 10am.

People in Invermay are advised to evacuate now to an evacuation centre as a precaution.

People in Longford should look at your individual flood evacuation plan. If you wish to evacuate as a precaution you should do so now.

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 three 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.

Advice to community:

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

The Tamar Street Bridge will remain open – it will not close as previously reported.

Charles Street Bridge will close at approximately 1900 hours.

Four evacuation centres and a recovery centre have been set up at:

  • Silverdome (55 Oakden St, Prospect)
  • University of Tasmania Newnham Campus (Newnham Drive)
  • New Norfolk (Carinya Community Centre, 103 Blair St)
  • Longford (Longford Town Hall, Wellington St)
  • Latrobe (Latrobe Memorial Hall, James St) – recovery centre
  • 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
  • 380 requests for assistance since Sunday

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


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