Tasmanians are encouraged to prepare their properties for possible heavy rainfall predicated for the East Coast and Furneaux Islands today and tomorrow.

“The Bureau of Meteorology has advised the SES that they have issued several severe weather warnings today”. That rainfall is expected on the East Coast, North of Bicheno in a coastal line into the Furneaux Islands this afternoon, overnight and into tomorrow.

“We are working closely with the BOM to monitor the uncertain weather situation, which is difficult to predict in terms of the location that will be most impacted” said Acting Regional Manager Michael D’Alton.

“While we are preparing to assist community members in need of assistance, we would ask people to be prepare themselves for the hazards associated with heavy rainfall.”

SES advises people to:

  • Ensure drains and gutters are clear of debris and running freely
  • Never drive, walk, swim or cycle through flood waters
  • Never play near floodwaters, drains or culverts
  • Beware of fallen trees and power lines
  • Take care when driving
  • Be prepared in case of power outages and report outages to TasNetworks on 132 004
  • Keep up to date with the latest weather warnings at www.bom.gov.au/tas
  • Check that family and neighbours are aware of any warnings
  • Read more about flood preparation
  • For road closures: www.police.tas.gov.au
  • Listen to ABC Local Radio for updates in an emergency

For flood and storm assistance call SES on 132 500

In a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero (000)

Remember, preparedness is a shared responsibility.

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