Tasmanians in the northern half of the state are urged to prepared for rain over the coming days.

The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast widespread rainfall across the northern half of the state in the next 24-36 hours. There is a Flood Watch current for the North West, North and North East catchments. 

“At the moment, advice from the Bureau of Meteorology means people in the northern half of the state can expect rain to fall into river catchments that are already wet and responsive to rainfall which will impact river levels,” said Tasmania SES Acting Assistant Director Operations & Recourses, David McCambridge.

“SES encourage people to be aware of the weather that is forecast, and to prepare their properties accordingly. This means knowing your flood risk and understanding whether your street and home are prone to flooding.

“We have SES volunteer crews ready to assist the community and there are resources available on our website at ses.tas.gov.au – on how best to prepare. 

“Anyone in an area affected by rains is encouraged to be vigilant, drive to the conditions and be aware of the increased hazards caused by heavy rainfall and river rises, including water and debris on and around roads.”  

SES advises people to do the following to prepare:

  • Check bom.gov.au for the latest weather forecast and warnings.
  • Check TasALERT.com for current SES flood warnings.
  • Check that family and neighbours, especially those who are vulnerable, are aware of warnings and have a plan in place.
  • Be prepared for flash-flooding.
  • Clear drains and gutters of debris so they flow freely.
  • Have a plan for managing pets and livestock.
  • Be prepared for power outages.

In the event of heavy rainfall and flooding:

  • Supervise children closely.
  • Manage pets and livestock.
  • Never enter or drive through floodwaters, and when driving look out for debris on roads including fallen trees and power lines.
  • Report power outages to TasNetworks on 132 004.
  • Listen to the ABC radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.
  • Call SES on 132 500 for flood and storm-related emergency assistance.
  • Dial Triple Zero (000) in a life-threatening emergency.