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05 JUN 2016 Mhairi Revie - Regional Manager North 0458 009 618


Severe Weather Alert - Heavy Rain, Strong Winds and Damaging Surf

As a result of heavy rain across the North and North West of Tasmania, the Mersey and Forth Rivers are experiencing river rises that are quicker than anticipated.  Residents in the areas of Kimberley, Railton, Latrobe, Forth and surrounding areas may experience flooding.

It is expected that rivers will continue to rise over the next 12 hours.

Areas of Wynyard have also experienced impact and some residents have needed to relocate from their properties.

The Emu River at Wivenhoe has burst its banks with inundation reported in the industrial area.

Many road closures are in place across the North and North West Regions, unfortunately members of the public continued to drive through floodwaters, became trapped and had to be rescued. Members of the public are reminded to obey all road closure signage and do not drive through floodwaters.

The following evacuation centres have been opened for those people requiring shelter.

East Devonport Recreation Ground
Caroline Street, East Devonport

Railway Institute Hall
Station Street (located at the back of the Airport)

SES advises that precautions should include:

  • Do not drive, walk, swim or cycle through flood waters
  • Do not allow children to play near flood waters, drains or culverts; and supervise them at all times
  • Drive to the conditions – if you don’t need to drive in the wet, preferably stay indoors
  • Do not go to the beach until this weather system has cleared.
  • Farmers and graziers in forecast-affected areas are advised to move stock and agricultural equipment to higher ground
  • Ensure that drains and gutters are clear of debris and are running freely
  • Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment (i.e. trampolines are a frequent issue in high winds)
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check for further advice
  • For road closure information, please refer to the Tasmania Police website or by calling 131 444
  • For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

SES has volunteer units and management structures undertaking response operations. Remember, disaster preparedness is a shared responsibility.