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08 JUN 2016 DPFEM Media Unit 03 6173 2424

 

Flood Update 2000hrs

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 advises that it is now safe for residents of Invermay to return to their homes.

The water levels in the North Esk River are steady and the threat of inundation to Invermay has passed.

Charles Street Bridge remains closed until after it can be assessed by State Growth engineers from 7am tomorrow morning and this will cause traffic delays.

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 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 moving floodwaters. It is anticipated that floodwaters will take up to a week to recede.

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.

Road closures:

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

Advice to community:

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

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

  • University of Tasmania Newnham Campus (Newnham Drive)
  • 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:

  • 173 confirmed flood affected structures
  • 52 of those are residential buildings
  • 19 residential buildings in Latrobe are inhabitable.
  • Almost 400 requests for assistance since Sunday

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