Calm before another storm

A Main Road, Exeter, property was sliced in two when a gum tree fell on it during the storm. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

A Main Road, Exeter, property was sliced in two when a gum tree fell on it during the storm. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

THE SES was handing out sandbags to businesses at Kings Meadows yesterday as the rivulet topped its banks and the risk of flash flooding increased.

SES regional manager Mhairi Revie said businesses at Kings Meadows were of particular concern.

‘‘We really want those businesses to be prepared, because we know they’ve had wet feet before and we’d prefer to keep them as dry as possible,’’ she said.

 Ms Revie said other areas of concern included the general Launceston area, especially the Tamar and Boland street areas, parts of Summerhill and Riverside.

 ‘‘Anyone that really lives down the bottom of a hill where they might experience urban runoff needs to be alert and prepared,’’ she said. 

Concerned residents can collect sandbags from the SES.  

There was only one serious incident yesterday, when a tree fell on a residence at Exeter, slicing the house in two.

Ms Revie said no one was hurt in the incident.

‘‘It’s probably the worst damage to a property that I’ve seen in my entire seven years with SES,’’ she said. 

There were 1000 premises at Scottsdale still without power last night. 

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Melanie Webb said yesterday that between 20mm and 45mm of rain was likely to fall in Launceston today, but she expected it to be towards the higher end of the scale.

 ‘‘We still have a severe weather warning for winds across the whole state, and also for heavy rain leading to possible flash flooding in the North (today),’’ she said. That won’t be the end of the bad weather, with snow expected to fall down to 200metres tomorrow  evening.

FLOOD WARNINGS:

Moderate flood warning for the North Esk river basin.

Moderate flood warning for the South Esk River.

Minor flood warning for the lower Meander river basin.

Flood watch for all Northern river basins. 

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