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Snowfalls hindering storm and flood clean ups in the the state's north

Tuesday August 20, 2013 - 12:09 EST
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Snow settles on trees, with the bureau warning of falls to 300 metres - ABC

The inclement weather affecting parts of Tasmania is continuing to cause problems with the state's roads and electricity network.

About 500 homes and businesses north of Launceston lost electricity when powerlines fell into the Pipers River early yesterday morning.

A helicopter was set up to help raise the lines, but Richard Wilson from Aurora Energy says ground crews are onsite and power should be restored this afternoon.

"The river levels have receded so we've been able to use heavy equipment to start the process," he said.

Meanwhile, about 40 customers at Lake St Clair and Derwent Bridge have lost power after a pole fire.

Heavy snow is hindering repair efforts.

Snow has also blocked Anthony Road, Lake Dobson Road, and the Lyell Highway between Derwent Bridge and Queenstown.

There is now a road weather alert for snow and ice above 400 metres.

The weather bureau says conditions will stabilise over Tasmania this week, after the heavy rain and strong winds over the past five days..

Heavy vehicles were stuck in snow today, closing the Murchison Highway at Mount Black.


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