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14 JUL 2016 Nick Connolly - Acting Assistant Director of Operations and Resources 132 500

 

Wind Conditions

The weather predictions relating to severe wind have been realised today. With significant gusts up to 120 km/h experienced across mainly the southern part of the state, the SES has responded to over 120 requests for assistance in the south of the state since Monday.

It is anticipated the winds will abate from approximately 7 pm tonight. SES units continue to provide assistance and remain on stand-by for storm response state-wide.

Flood Warning – Huon River and Derwent River

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued flood warnings for the following rivers due to rainfall and snow melt.

Huon River – moderate flood warning with river levels expected to rise this evening and into Friday morning. A peak of up to 4.1 metres has been predicted from approximately 4 am Friday; however high tides in the Huon River may affect the exact timing and magnitude of the peak; as will melting snow. The SES is anticipating some road closures in the area and some minor flooding in Huonville. This is expected to be limited to localised inundation on the Huonville Esplanade, low-lying carparks and the potential to impact several local businesses.

The SES has been working with council, business owners and residents to mitigate the impact; including sandbagging, door knocking and public awareness. It is not anticipated that evacuation measures will be necessary.

Derwent River – minor flood warning developing in the lower Derwent catchment above Meadowbank Dam by Friday morning, further minor flooding may extend downstream to New Norfolk during Friday afternoon. Impacts on New Norfolk are not currently anticipated.

For specific flood warning details refer to www.bom.gov.au Link to External Site

SES advises members of the public in potential flood zones to:

  • Do not drive, walk, swim or cycle through flood waters
  • Obey road blocks and directions
  • Secure items that may float and cause damage
  • Farmers and graziers on low lying areas are advised to move stock and agricultural equipment to higher ground
  • Beware of damaged trees and power lines, due to the saturated ground, trees may fall under weaker winds
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings
  • Manage pets and livestock
  • Be prepared in case of power outages
  • Ensure drains and gutters are clear of debris and are running freely
  • Disaster preparedness is a shared responsibility
  • For road closures check the Tasmania Police website http://www.police.tas.gov.au/alerts/roads-affected-by-flooding-north-wset-tasmania/ Link to External Site 
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice

For flood and storm emergency assistance, contact the SES on 132 500

SES has volunteer units on standby.

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