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22 JUN 2016 Brian Edmonds - Assistant Director Operations & Resources 6173 2705

 

Potential Rainfall and Strong Winds

As a result of Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) forecasts for the remainder of this week, and noting the recent impacts of flooding, the SES is advising Tasmanians to exercise caution in light of expected rain on Thursday.

The heaviest predicted rainfall values (50-80mm) are likely for North East Tasmania on Thursday. This may see minor to moderate flood levels in the South Esk and Macquarie catchments.  The North Esk, St Pauls and Meander Rivers may also reach minor flood levels.

Potential falls of between 25-40mm are also possible for the North West Region. The Mersey and Forth Rivers, identified as the main NW flood catchments, are not expected to exceed minor flooding, but as the catchments are already saturated minor to moderate rises of all rivers may be experienced.

In addition, there is the potential for damaging winds in the North East, gusting to 110 km/h. This may cause treefalls and debris.

“As the ground is already sodden, there is a very real risk of trees coming down if strong wind gusts eventuate.” said Acting Director SES, Mr Nick Wilson. “I urge all Tasmanians to exercise caution if travelling; remember any flood waters present danger, and what may appear to be a slightly flooded road can hide huge surface degradation or debris.” 

Mr Wilson added, “I want to specifically urge people undertaking flood restoration work and debris clearance to be very vigilant if working near previous flood sites and/or river systems. Don’t put yourself at risk.”

“I strongly encourage Tasmanians to watch for any subsequent warning as issued by the BoM in the event they are required” Mr Wilson said.

The SES is recommending the following precautions:

  • 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 conditions.
  • Check on livestock and pets to ensure they are safe. Move to higher ground if warranted.
  • People clearing debris near rivers should take precautions due to potential rapid water rise and debris movement.
  • 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.

The SES has units on stand-by across the State.

FOR FLOOD AND EMERGENCY ASSSISTANCE CONTACT SES ON 132 500

IN LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCIES CALL 000


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