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Emergency calls for flooded homes and damaged roofs as the rain continues in Tasmania

By Christopher Ham, Tuesday June 23, 2020 - 18:08 EST
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Cars deal with flooded sections of Acton Road at Roches Beach. - ABC

Emergency services have received dozens of calls for help as heavy rain fell over Tasmania's south and midlands, and rising water closed several roads.

The rain began falling across the state on Sunday and in the south, it has not stopped.

More than 250 millimetres of rain fell on Mount Wellington from Sunday morning until 2:00pm today; Hobart received 60 millimetres over the same period.

Flood warnings were issued for a number of waterways across Tasmania, with flood watches for the north, north-east and south-east catchments.

About midday, Tasmania Police announced the closure of the Esplanade at Huonville between the Huon Highway and Flood Road due to water on the road.

By 5:30pm, the water levels at Huonville remained below the minor flood level.

The State Emergency Services said on Tuesday morning it had received 42 calls for assistance in the greater Hobart region overnight.

The State Emergency Service said it had responded to more than 60 call outs to flood and storm damage across southern Tasmania the past 48 hours.

Southern SES Regional Manager Mark Nelson said most of the calls were for flash flooding and water damage to houses.

"We had a lot of calls for assistance from a whole range of suburbs all around greater Hobart," Mr Nelson said.

"We had a lot of inundated houses and rooms, so there was a lot of sandbagging.

"There was some roof damage and water coming through ceilings."

He warned of possible falling trees as the wet weather continued.

"We did have a couple of calls about trees. You can find that the soil will weaken and if you have a good easterly gust it can start blowing trees over," he said.

Earlier in the day, Tasmania Police issued a warning for hazardous flooding on roads in the south, including the Lyell Highway at Sorell Creek, South Arm Highway at Sanford and Wilmot Road at Huonville.

The rain has also reached some of the state's drought stricken properties in the Southern Midlands and east coast, some properties reporting more than 100 millimetres.

Flood warnings for rivers

Senior meteorologist Michael Lasko said people should keep an eye out for hazards, with more rain on the way.

"We're expecting a further 20 to 40mm of rainfall in the south-east broadly, and lower totals around the east coast and central areas," he said.

Rain is expected to extend up the east coast before easing tomorrow.

"People should be aware if they're near any of those rivers that the levels may be a little higher, and some of the low lying roads may see some water," he said.

"People in local areas will know the likely spots where this is more likely to happen."

In the north, a severe weather warning was issued for damaging winds averaging 50 to 60 kph with peak gusts of around 80 to 90 kph for late Tuesday afternoon and early evening about the upper east coast and north east forecast districts.

Winds are expected to ease later this evening, the weather bureau said.

For Wednesday, rain is forecast to ease about the south, east and central areas, with possible light showers elsewhere, increasing about the northwest in the evening.

On Friday, showers are forecast for the north and west, extending throughout in the afternoon, then contracting to the west and far south.

Snow is predicted to fall to as low as 800 metres in the south-west in the evening, with north to north-westerly winds.


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