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Severe Weather Warning for Heavy Rains for Southern Tasmania

A Safer Tasmanian Community STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE
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MEDIA RELEASE

Date: 29 Jan 2016 Contact: Mark Nelson, Regional Manager South 0418 142 083

 

Severe Weather Warning for Heavy Rains for Southern Tasmania

Significant rainfalls down the east coast from Bicheno through to Hobart have caused flash flooding in localized areas.

As a result of the road closures south of Orford, and several road closures between Swansea and Bicheno, an evacuation centre has been opened at Triabunna. The Centre is at the “Triabunna Recreation Room”, in Vicary Street. Due to the restriction of travel north from Hobart a second evacuation centre at Sorell will be open from 6:00 pm tonight at the Sorell Memorial Hall, 47 Cole Street Sorell.

Tasmania Police website has up-to-date information of road closures in affected areas. Community Alerts and Road Closures (Tasmania Police) Link to External Site

Southern Region has also received over 50 requests for assistance. Six SES crews are attending these requests. Water inundation into businesses and houses has occurred, water over roads is also being reported. The State Emergency Service advise that information received about current weather conditions indicate that over the next few days there will continue to be significant rainfalls down the east coast.

Several calls for assistance for individuals stuck in deep water in vehicles have been received. Driving in flood waters puts the lives of individuals and emergency service personnel at risk.  

SES advises the following:  

  • Don't drive, ride or walk through water flowing over roads and bridges and obey all road closure signs.
  • Listen to the radio for weather updates.
  • Secure your pets and keep them safe.
  • Keep clear of fallen power lines.
  • Check that family members and neighbours are safe and aware of what is happening.
  • If it is safe to do so, ensure drains and gutters around properties are cleared of rubbish and debris.

Check the SES website (www.ses.tas.gov.au) and TasALERT (www.alert.tas.gov.au) Link to External Site for updates.   

For emergency help in floods and storms, ring the SES on 132 500 state-wide.  

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