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09 May 2018


 

SES Preparing for Heavy Rain Event

The State Emergency Service is preparing for flooding in streams and rivers due to a likely rain event in the coming days.

“SES will have units on standby across the state ready to assist those affected by potential flooding events,” said SES Assistant Director Leon Smith.

“Flooding in nearby streams and rivers is likely during the next few days due to the forecast rain event and some low lying properties may become isolated by flood waters within the next few days.

“Flood waters are full of hidden dangers and we urge people not to drive or walk through floodwaters.

“People should prepare themselves by moving livestock and equipment to higher ground if possible,” Mr Smith said.

What to do:

If you live in the affected areas SES advises:

  • Never drive, walk, play, ride or swim through flood water. Flood water is dangerous. It can be toxic and may contain debris.
  • Drive to the conditions and with extra care.
  • Do not go near storm drains and pipes, causeways and waterways, ravines and rivers.
  • Move livestock and equipment to higher ground if safe to do so.
  • Know where to locate your medicines, prescriptions, torches, batteries, valuables (such as photos) and important papers (such as insurance information and passports).
  • Ensure your pets are safe.
  • If you don’t live in the affected area, stay away as conditions may be dangerous.

More information

  • To report life-threatening emergencies, dial triple zero (000)
  • To report flood and storm damage or to request SES assistance, call 132 500
  • State Emergency Service website www.ses.tas.gov.au
  • TasALERT website: www.tasalert.com Link to External Site
  • For current river levels and weather conditions, refer to the Bureau of Meteorology website www.bom.gov.au/tas/ Link to External Site
  • Listen to your local ABC radio station for updates.
  • For more information on preparing for flood visit www.ses.tas.gov.au
  • Current reported road closures are listed on the Tasmania Police website: www.police.tas.gov.au Link to External Site

 


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