Prepare for bad weather: SES

Lilydale Road at Rocherlea. Sent in by reader Sherelle Wallace this morning.

Lilydale Road at Rocherlea. Sent in by reader Sherelle Wallace this morning.

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Northern Tasmanian residents have been warned to brace for more bad weather.

The State Emergency Service issued a release this morning, urging Tasmanians to prepare for extreme weather events.

SES Regional Manager Mhairi Revie said that it was important people got ready to act.

“Yesterday’s events show that severe weather can be unpredictable and can strike anywhere. It’s important that people know their risk and know what to do to reduce it,” Ms Revie said.

The Bureau of Meteorology has advised that severe weather with damaging winds and heavy rainfall, causing flooding, will continue to affect Northern Tasmania until late tomorrow.

Volunteers are on standby, with sandbags available for collection from SES headquarters at Youngtown for those at risk of flash flooding.

The State Emergency Service advise that people should:

  •  Supervise all children closely.
  •  Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.
  • Manage pets and livestock.
  •  Where safe - clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving.
  •  Be prepared in case of power outages.
  •  Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters.
  •  Drive to the conditions
  •  Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving.
  •  Ensure that drains and gutters are clear of debris and are running freely
  •  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.
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