Fairfax Media Network

Weather News

Launceston preparing for weekend deluge

Saturday August 17, 2013 - 10:02 EST
ABC image
SES workers have distributed hundreds of sandbags to people in flood-prone areas of Launceston. - ABC

The State Emergency Service is warning residents in the Tasmania's north to be vigilant, after more rainfall overnight.

The SES says there has been less rainfall than expected overnight but it's continuing to monitor the situation.

Hundreds of sandbags have been delivered to people in flood-prone areas with minor flood warnings current for the North and South Esk Rivers and the Meander River.

Spokeswoman Mhairi Revie says there were no call outs overnight.

"Obviously that is just one of the bands of rainfall that we are expecting that has gone over night so we are still expecting more rainfall so people need to be aware that the weekend has yet to bring more rain with it," she said.

For emergency assistance with flooding, people are advised to contact the SES on 132 500.


- ABC

© ABC 2013

More breaking news

Sydney Morning Herald
ABC News
National Nine News
News Limited

Display Your Local Weather

Weather News

Cyclonic rain brings crocodiles 250 metres from homes in Queensland's gulf

18:50 EDT

While many Gulf of Carpentaria residents rejoiced at the thorough drenching , others are glancing over their shoulders with a sense of fear.

Sparks fly for southern parts of WA overnight

12:21 EDT

An impressive area of thunderstorms swept across the southwest of the country last night.

Canberra's coldest February morning on record

09:58 EDT

The nation's capital has rewritten the record books this morning, producing a May-like morning in February.