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Helicopter help for Pipers River residents after winds cut power

By Claire Todd, Tuesday August 20, 2013 - 09:48 EST
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Police are warning drivers to avoid flooded roads and roads covered by snow. - ABC

Aurora Energy will use a helicopter later today to help fix powerlines and restore electricity to about 500 customers in the state's north.

The outage was caused when powerlines were blown into the Piper River, north of Launceston.

Homes and businesses in Pipers River, Beechford, Bellingham, Lulworth and Weymouth are affected.

There are also power outages at Derwent Bridge and Lake St Clair.

Tasmanians were warned last night that high tides, flooding, snow and strong winds were expected to cause problems.

Aurora spokesman Richard Wilson says a helicopter will help crews restore the lines.

"It's quite a complex, logistical operation to get the heavy equipment in over sodden ground."

Maureen Berry from Weymouth says it is a major inconvenience.

"If you're very lucky you've got a wood heater."

About 1800 customers around Wynyard lost electricity yesterday when a tree fell onto power lines.

The weather bureau had warned that abnormally high tides could cause minor flooding in low-lying southern areas, but the State Emergency Service says there was no reported damage.

There were no reports this morning of tide problems in the south and the SES had no call outs overnight.

Snow and flooding has closed many roads around the State, but forecaster Anna Forrest says winds are easing.

"So there's a bit of a window there for people to start to do some repair work."

Police are warning people not to drive, walk or ride through water over roads.

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