Clean up from severe weather event continues

Roads remain closed, and houses still without power as the clean up from the state’s severe weather event continues. 

Overnight, State Emergency Crews completed all outstanding calls for assistance. 

However, in the North, about 800 TasNetworks customers remain without power.

Restoration times currently extend from Saturday afternoon until Sunday. 

Areas affected include Hillwood, Riverside, Lilydale, Nunamara, Patersonia, Hagley, Whitemore, Cressy, Binalong Bay, Summerhill, Legana, Blackwood Creek, Central Plateau, Cressy and Poatina.

SES operations and resources assistant director Leon Smith said the response had transitioned to the recovery stage. 

Rapid impact assessment crews from the SES and the Tasmania Fire Service are undertaking assessments and capturing visual data to show the impact of the “major flood event”.

SES and the Tasmania Fire Service will have a heavy presence around the state’s South on Saturday. 

A remote-piloted aircraft will also be used over Hobart’s CBD to gain insight into the significance of the event. 

“We understand that people are still feeling the effects of the severe weather event, and recognise that the recovery will take some time,” Mr Smith said. 

“Although there are no current warnings at this time, people still need to keep abreast of the latest advice from authorities in relation to the recovery effort.”

Up to date road closures can be found on the Tasmania Police website

However, Lake River Road at Cressy is the only northern road to remained closed. The road is closed due to fallen power lines. 

About 20 roads remained closed in Hobart about 10.30am, which Tasmania Police said was a result of flood water and debris. 

Stormwater has also overflowed in some areas and has contaminated floodwaters.