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Floods wash away north-west rail line

Tuesday August 6, 2013 - 12:40 EST
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North-west rail operations will be disrupted until late this afternoon. - ABC

Flood waters have washed away part of a train line in Tasmania's north-west.

The line at Railton has been damaged and all trains in the area have been cancelled.

Polly McGee from TasRail says the line is expected to be repaired this afternoon..

"There's two minor points of washout and one slightly larger one, but they're all fairly minor in terms of the track," she said.

"Crews have been out there since early this morning repairing the track and we're confident that its going to be up and running and fully safe and secure by late afternoon."

Several roads were affected by flooding at Railton, Mole Creek and Hadspen and there was also floodwater on the Bass Highway at Hagley.

There were also several road closures, including Penguin Road at Penguin which was affected by a rock fall.

The local council is securing the cliff face and expects to reopen it late this afternoon.

The State Emergency Service have not responded to any call-outs but has given advice to residents affected by floodwater.

The biggest rainfalls overnight were 60 millimetres at Mount Read and 55 millimetres at Meander.

The cold front which brought the overnight rain to the north has cleared the state.


© ABC 2013

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