HOBART – TASMANIA HIT BY FLOODING | ALL IMPORTANT INFO HERE

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HOBART – TASMANIA HIT BY FLOODING | ALL IMPORTANT INFO HERE

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL

For people in King Island, Furneaux Islands, North East, East Coast, Central North and parts of North West Coast, Central Plateau and Midlands Forecast Districts. Issued at 4:25 pm Friday, 11 May 2018.

DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS FOR PARTS OF THE EAST, CENTRAL NORTH, FAR NORTHWEST AND BASS STRAIT ISLANDS THIS EVENING, AND HEAVY RAIN ABOUT THE NORTHEAST TILL EARLY THIS EVENING,

Weather Situation:
A broad area of low pressure lies east of Flinders Island and slowly moves away to the northeast this evening.

DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts up to 100 km/h, are expected across the warning area. Damaging winds gradually contract to the upper east coast during the evening.

Note that strong southeasterly winds are reasonably uncommon over Tasmania so impacts may be different to what is usually experienced in windy conditions.

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING is possible for the east coast and adjacent ranges, north of Scamander, until early this evening. Note that exceptional rainfall totals like those recorded around Hobart last night are not expected.

Locations which may be affected include Launceston, Whitemark, St Helens, Swansea, Bicheno and Orford.

Severe weather is no longer occurring in the Western district and the warning for this district is CANCELLED.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should: 
* Supervise children closely. 
* Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings. 
* Manage pets and livestock. 
* Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment. 
* Be prepared in case of power outages. 
* Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving. 
* Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving. 
* Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters. 
* Listen to local radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice. 
* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500. 

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 pm AEST Friday.

 

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Overnight Thursday into Friday, the greater Hobart area has experienced an extreme weather event.

Motorists are strongly urged to avoid unnecessary travel in the CBD, New Town and Sandy Bay areas.

Major roads in the CBD are significantly affected by floodwaters and debris, and power outages are affecting some traffic lights.

It is requested that people with medical emergencies only present at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Significant delays are expected across the CBD as roads remain closed across peak hour.

Emergency crews also require access to the roads to clear debris. 

**NEWS UPDATE 4:30pm **
TASWATER

TasWater continues to assess the extent of damage to its infrastructure and the impact the wet weather has had on its services over the last 24 hours.
As the flood waters recede in the Hobart and southern Tasmania areas people are reminded to stay clear of flooded areas as the flood water may have been contaminated by sewage.
An improvement in weather conditions today has enabled TasWater crews to return to the field to start repair work on several pump stations which were overwhelmed by the rain and floods as well as some sewer pipes which broke as floods washed away soil surrounding them.
There has been no risk or compromise to drinking water quality but a loss of power has affected drinking water pumping capacity. Supplies held in reservoirs have resulted in minimal disruption to services.
For some of customers however TasWater supplies have been cut.
In Lymington near Cygnet a downed power pole disturbed and broke a water main which has resulted in around 40 customers receiving no water.
TasWater crews are unable to attend to the break until the power pole is made safe with water being restored as soon as possible.
TasWater is making bottled water available on request to affected customers and anyone needing drinking water is asked to make contact with our call centre on 136992
TasWater will continue to monitor the situation, including dam levels, drinking water supplies and sewage services and has equipment and on call crews in place over weekend to respond to any issues that may develop should the weather system continue to impact on other areas of the state.
TasWater again reminds people to take care around any flood waters and take note of safety information distributed by the State Emergency Service or Tasmania Police.

Insurance Council declares Catastrophe for Hobart storm damage

The Insurance Council of Australia (ICA) has declared a Catastrophe for inundation and storm damage from May 10-11 to property and vehicles in Hobart, Tasmania.

The declaration means claims from affected policyholders will be given priority by insurers. Claims will also be triaged to direct urgent assistance to the worst-affected property owners.

ICA CEO Rob Whelan said: “The extent of the damage to property, and vehicles in and around Hobart will take several days to be known, and it’s too early to estimate the insured damage bill.

“Insurance companies are ready to help their affected customers, and more than 1000 claims have already been lodged.

“The catastrophe declaration is intended to help reduce the emotional and financial stress experienced by households and business owners affected by the inundation and storm damage.

“I encourage anyone who has suffered property or vehicle damage to contact their insurer as soon as possible to receive guidance on the claims process and the assistance they are entitled to under their policy.”

Under the declaration the ICA has:

  • Activated its disaster hotline – 1800 734 621 – to assist policyholders if they are uncertain of their insurance details, or have general inquiries about the claims process
  • Mobilised an ICA representative to work with local agencies and services and affected policyholders
  • Established an industry taskforce to address and identify issues that arise

Community members can also visit www.disasters.org.au

For Storm Recovery tips visit the ICA’s Understand Insurance website.

http://understandinsurance.com.au/assets/factsheets/Storm%20recovery%20checklist.pdf 

*TAS POLICE UPDATE AS OF 3PM AEST*

Man rescued from rising floodwaters near New Norfolk

A man has been rescued from rising floodwaters near New Norfolk after an extreme weather event in greater Hobart overnight.

The 15 year old from New Norfolk was rescued from a cricket oval at Tynwald Park by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter about 2.40pm.
Emergency services have received over 300 calls for assistance – wind damage to roofs and sheds and trees blown over. There have been flash flooding events in Blackmans Bay, Kingston, Sandy Bay and the Hobart CBD.

Be aware of hidden hazards following weather event

If you’re returning to your homes for the first time since the weather event in greater Hobart, please be mindful of hidden hazards.

If you get home and think your home has been water damaged and the power is still on, contact TasNetworks for advice on 132004. If your power has been restored, be aware your electrical appliances may be water damaged and present a danger and need to be checked by a qualified electrician. Also be aware of contaminants, biohazards and debris.

Emergency services have received over 300 calls for assistance – wind damage to roofs and sheds and trees blown over. There have been flash flooding events in Blackmans Bay, Kingston, Sandy Bay and the Hobart CBD.

Several people were rescued by emergency crews, with Tasmania Fire Service crews assisting Police in rescuing two people whose car became stuck in flood waters in Risdon Road, New Town, when they attempted to drive through it.

Fire fighters also rescued a security guard from an alarm monitoring room at UTAS Sandy Bay campus. He was trapped as the room, which had no windows, filled with water. The man was luckily uninjured but shaken by the experience.

Quick action by fire fighters also prevented a boat from sinking at Kings Pier marina.

Motorists are strongly urged to avoid unnecessary travel in the CBD, New Town and Sandy Bay areas.

Major roads in the CBD are significantly affected by floodwaters and debris, and power outages are affecting some traffic lights. The roads are unlikely to be open for several hours.

It is requested that people with medical emergencies only present at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

A press conference was held earlier today

Evacuation centres:

SES advises that evacuation centres have been established at Mathers House at 180 Bathurst Street (next to the State Library) and in Kingston at 99 Beach Road (behind Raine and Horne Real Estate) for people requiring information support or shelter. Local council staff will be available to assist.

Road closures include (update as of 10am AEST by Tas Police);

• the lower end of Davey Street between Campbell and Argyle St
• Davey between Campbell and Burnett
• Brooker Hwy between Brisbane and Warwick
• Channel Hwy between Browns Road and Beach Road
• Risdon Road, Morrison Street between Murray and Castray
• Sandy Bay Road between Waimea and Derwent Water Avenues
• Salamanca Place
• McRobies Road

Sandy Bay Road between Nelson Road and Maning Avenue in Sandy Bay is closed until further notice and vehicles were originally asked to use Churchill Avenue as an alternative route.  

Police now as motorists to avoid the area altogether if possible as congestion is building up causing long delays.

Up to date road closures can be found at www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Due to the widespread flooding in Southern Tasmania, road closures and power outages a decision has been made to close a number of schools to ensure safety of both students and staff.

The following schools are confirmed as closed for the full day of 11 May:

Albuera St Primary School
Blackmans Bay Primary School
Campbell Street Primary School
Cygnet Primary School
ECIS – Hobart
Elizabeth College
Franklin Primary School
Goulburn St Primary School
Herdsmans Cove Primary School
Hobart College
Huonville Primary School
Huonville High School
Illawarra Primary School
Kingston High School
Kingston Primary School
Lansdowne Crescent Primary School
Lenah Valley Primary School
Margate Primary School
Molesworth Primary School

New Town Primary
Mt Nelson Primary School
Princess St Primary School
Sandy Bay Infant School
South Arm Primary School
South Hobart Primary School
Taroona High School
Taroona Primary School
Tasman District School
Waimea Primary School

In addition, all Catholic schools in the greater Hobart region and the Hobart TCEO Offices remain closed today 

AFTER SCHOOL CARE SERVICES

The following schools (Lady Gowrie After School Care Programs) are confirmed as closed due to widespread flooding, road closures and power outages:

  • Albuera Street Primary
  • Goulburn street Primary
  • Lansdowne Primary
  • Mount Nelson Primary
  • South Hobart Primary
  • Taroona Primary

The following Child and Family Centres are confirmed as closed on 11 May 2018:

  • ptunarra Child and Family Centre at New Norfolk

The following Libraries are confirmed as closed on 11 May 2018:

  • Geeveston Library
  • Kingston Library

Channel Court Shopping Centre in Kingston is also closed

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Please visit http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/ for updates on road closures.

Council crews continue working through damage reports across Kingborough. Crews are prioritising urgent requests and will attend when they are able.

Currently the Council’s Civic Centre, Manor Gardens Centre and the Kingborough Sports Centre are closed.

Many roads are affected by floodwaters and debris. Stormwater has overflowed contaminating the floodwaters.

TAS WATER: WARNINGS

Taswater has issued a warning about the toxicity of the floodwater on the east coast and around Hobart.

Flooding rain mixed with storm water means floodwater could contain sewerage and the public is being asked to avoid contact at all costs.

The water authority says they are working closely with police, Councils and the SES as part of the Southern Regional Emergency Management Committee.

The organisation says their main priority is the safety of the public and their staff are only able to respond to the most urgent incidents.

Taswater crews will assess the full impacts of the event, once the weather has improved sufficiently.

SES UPDATE:

Emergency services have received hundreds of calls for assistance – wind damage to roofs and sheds and trees blown over. There have been flash flooding events in Blackmans Bay, Kingston, Sandy Bay and the Hobart CBD.

SES crews have been triaging calls and responding to the most urgent. Crews are continuing to work through requests for assistance. There are no reports of injuries at this time.

SES advises that evacuation centres have been established at Mathers House at 180 Bathurst Street (next to the State Library) and in Kingston at 99 Beach Road (behind Raine and Horne Real Estate) for people requiring information support or shelter. Local council staff will be available to assist.

People are urged to be prepared and avoid unnecessary travel.

For assistance:

SES 132500

Life-threatening emergencies 000

Police non-emergencies 131444

 

UPDATE FROM METRO TAS - BUS SERVICES

Hobart: due to wet weather and road closures, several CBD services will be affected and services through out the Hobart network will experience delays this morning. Services are currently accessing the Hobart bus mall as normal. For further information on services please contact 13 22 01. All further updates will be provided via this post.

Status at 9.18am:

– Lenah Valley Routes 551 to 553 are commencing from the first stop on Augusta Rd past Creek Rd as Kalang Ave and the terminus are closed.

– Routes 550 and X50 are diverting via Devines Rd, Springfield Ave, Main Rd, Creek Rd, Augusta Rd then as per normal route due to flooding on Barossa Rd.

– Seven Mile Beach Routes 664, 665, X64 & X65 ARE UNABLE TO SERVICE SEVEN MILE BEACH due to a tree blocking the Esplanade. All services are travelling via Estate Drive.

– Routes 560 and 561 (Goodwood & Lutana) are unable to travel via Risdon Rd at the Brooker Hwy, services are instead travelling via Derwent Park Rd, Main Rd, New Town Rd, left at the Maypole into Risdon Rd, then right into Park St.

– All outbound Eastern Shore services are turning left into Argyle St, right into Bathurst St then via Liverpool St to the Tasman Hwy. The stop on lower Macquarie St between Campbell St and Brooker Ave will not be serviced until further notice.

– Inbound and outbound services between Kingston and the City via the Southern Outlet are bypassing Browns Road until further notice due to unsafe conditions.

- Macquarie St is severely congested which will cause significant delays to southern services and have a ripple effect throughout the network.

 

t Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Friday.

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