GREATER HOBART FLOODING | LATEST INFO HERE

CBD Essential travel only

GREATER HOBART FLOODING | LATEST INFO HERE

Overnight, the greater Hobart area has experienced an extreme weather event.

Motorists are strongly urged to avoid unnecessary travel in the CBD, New Town and Sandy Bay areas.

Major roads in the CBD are significantly affected by floodwaters and debris, and power outages are affecting some traffic lights. The roads are unlikely to be open for several hours.

It is requested that people with medical emergencies only present at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Significant delays are expected across the CBD as roads remain closed across peak hour.

Emergency crews also require access to the roads to clear debris. 

*TAS POLICE UPDATE AS OF 10AM AEST*

Emergency services are continuing to respond to an extreme weather event in the greater Hobart area overnight.

Several people were rescued by emergency crews, with Tasmania Fire Service crews assisting Police in rescuing two people whose car became stuck in flood waters in Risdon Road, New Town, when they attempted to drive through it.

Fire fighters also rescued a security guard from an alarm monitoring room at UTAS Sandy Bay campus. He was trapped as the room, which had no windows, filled with water. The man was luckily uninjured but shaken by the experience.

Quick action by fire fighters also prevented a boat from sinking at Kings Pier marina.

Motorists are strongly urged to avoid unnecessary travel in the CBD, New Town and Sandy Bay areas.

Major roads in the CBD are significantly affected by floodwaters and debris, and power outages are affecting some traffic lights. The roads are unlikely to be open for several hours.

It is requested that people with medical emergencies only present at the Royal Hobart Hospital.

Evacuation centres:

SES advises that evacuation centres have been established at Mathers House at 180 Bathurst Street (next to the State Library) and in Kingston at 99 Beach Road (behind Raine and Horne Real Estate) for people requiring information support or shelter. Local council staff will be available to assist.

Road closures include (update as of 10am AEST by Tas Police);

• the lower end of Davey Street between Campbell and Argyle St
• Davey between Campbell and Burnett
• Brooker Hwy between Brisbane and Warwick
• Channel Hwy between Browns Road and Beach Road
• Risdon Road, Morrison Street between Murray and Castray
• Sandy Bay Road between Waimea and Derwent Water Avenues
• Salamanca Place
• McRobies Road

Sandy Bay Road between Nelson Road and Maning Avenue in Sandy Bay is closed until further notice and vehicles were originally asked to use Churchill Avenue as an alternative route.  

Police now as motorists to avoid the area altogether if possible as congestion is building up causing long delays.

Up to date road closures can be found at www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts

SCHOOL CLOSURES

Due to the widespread flooding in Southern Tasmania, road closures and power outages a decision has been made to close a number of schools to ensure safety of both students and staff.

The following schools are confirmed as closed for the full day of 11 May:

Albuera St Primary School
Blackmans Bay Primary School
Campbell Street Primary School
Cygnet Primary School
ECIS – Hobart
Elizabeth College
Franklin Primary School
Goulburn St Primary School
Herdsmans Cove Primary School
Hobart College
Huonville Primary School
Huonville High School
Illawarra Primary School
Kingston High School
Kingston Primary School
Lansdowne Crescent Primary School
Lenah Valley Primary School
Margate Primary School
Molesworth Primary School

New Town Primary
Mt Nelson Primary School
Princess St Primary School
Sandy Bay Infant School
South Arm Primary School
South Hobart Primary School
Taroona High School
Taroona Primary School
Tasman District School
Waimea Primary School

In addition, all Catholic schools in the greater Hobart region and the Hobart TCEO Offices remain closed today 

AFTER SCHOOL CARE SERVICES

The following schools (Lady Gowrie After School Care Programs) are confirmed as closed due to widespread flooding, road closures and power outages:

  • Albuera Street Primary
  • Goulburn street Primary
  • Lansdowne Primary
  • Mount Nelson Primary
  • South Hobart Primary
  • Taroona Primary

The following Child and Family Centres are confirmed as closed on 11 May 2018:

  • ptunarra Child and Family Centre at New Norfolk

The following Libraries are confirmed as closed on 11 May 2018:

  • Geeveston Library
  • Kingston Library

Channel Court Shopping Centre in Kingston is also closed

Please visit http://www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts/ for updates on road closures.

Council crews continue working through damage reports across Kingborough. Crews are prioritising urgent requests and will attend when they are able.

Currently the Council’s Civic Centre, Manor Gardens Centre and the Kingborough Sports Centre are closed.

Many roads are affected by floodwaters and debris. Stormwater has overflowed contaminating the floodwaters.

TAS WATER: WARNINGS

Taswater has issued a warning about the toxicity of the floodwater on the east coast and around Hobart.

Flooding rain mixed with storm water means floodwater could contain sewerage and the public is being asked to avoid contact at all costs.

The water authority says they are working closely with police, Councils and the SES as part of the Southern Regional Emergency Management Committee.

The organisation says their main priority is the safety of the public and their staff are only able to respond to the most urgent incidents.

Taswater crews will assess the full impacts of the event, once the weather has improved sufficiently.

SES UPDATE

Emergency services have received hundreds of calls for assistance – wind damage to roofs and sheds and trees blown over. There have been flash flooding events in Blackmans Bay, Kingston, Sandy Bay and the Hobart CBD.

SES crews have been triaging calls and responding to the most urgent. Crews are continuing to work through requests for assistance. There are no reports of injuries at this time.

SES advises that evacuation centres have been established at Mathers House at 180 Bathurst Street (next to the State Library) and in Kingston at 99 Beach Road (behind Raine and Horne Real Estate) for people requiring information support or shelter. Local council staff will be available to assist.

The weather event is persisting and further wind and heavy rain is expected between 8am and midday, and people are urged to be prepared and avoid unnecessary travel.

For assistance:

SES 132500

Life-threatening emergencies 000

Police non-emergencies 131444

 

SOME OF THE DAMAGE

 

 

Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS and HEAVY RAINFALL for King Island, Furneaux Islands, Upper Derwent Valley, South East,

North East, East Coast, Central North, Central Plateau, Midlands and parts of

Western and North West Coast Forecast Districts.

 

Issued at 4:41 am Friday, 11 May 2018.

 

DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS DURING FRIDAY, AND HEAVY

RAIN ABOUT EASTERN, SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL DISTRICTS.

 

Weather Situation:

A broad area of low pressure lies east of Flinders Island and will track closer to the island during this morning before moving slowly away to the northeast this afternoon.

 

DAMAGING SOUTH TO SOUTHEASTERLY WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts up to 100 km/h, are expected to continue about the east, south and west Tasmanian coasts, then extend further inland during this morning.

 

Note that strong southeasterly winds are reasonably uncommon over Tasmania so

impacts may be different to what is usually experienced in windy conditions.

 

HEAVY RAIN which may lead to FLASH FLOODING will continue for eastern, southern

and central districts during Friday. This includes the Hobart area. Further rainfall rates

around 20 to 30 mm per hour are possible, with thunderstorms expected about eastern

districts during the morning.

 

Rainfall is expected to decrease in the south during the afternoon, and in the northeast

during the evening.

 

Locations which may be affected include Launceston, St Helens, Swansea, Hobart,

Geeveston and Dover.

 

Highest rainfalls since 9am this morning: Leslie Vale 215mm, Mt Wellington 207mm,

Grove 150mm, Hobart 127mm, Cannells Hill 124mm, Buckland 116mm, Judbury 113mm, Kingston and Nugent 110mm.

 

Highest winds reported in the last 6 hours: Cape Grim 109 km/h Maatsuyker Island and

Low Rocky Point 98 km/h, Mt Wellington 96 km/h.

 

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:

* Supervise children closely.

* Check that family and neighbours are aware of warnings.

* Manage pets and livestock.

* Secure outdoor items including furniture and play equipment.

* Be prepared in case of power outages.

* Beware of damaged trees and power lines and take care when driving.

* Clear drains and gutters on premises prior to severe weather arriving.

* Do not walk, ride or drive through flood waters.

* Listen to local radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for further advice.

* For emergency assistance contact the SES on 132500.

 

The next Severe Weather Warning will be issued by 11:00 am AEST Friday.

UPDATE FROM METRO TAS - BUS SERVICES

Hobart: due to wet weather and road closures, several CBD services will be affected and services through out the Hobart network will experience delays this morning. Services are currently accessing the Hobart bus mall as normal. For further information on services please contact 13 22 01. All further updates will be provided via this post.

Status at 9.18am:

– Lenah Valley Routes 551 to 553 are commencing from the first stop on Augusta Rd past Creek Rd as Kalang Ave and the terminus are closed.

– Routes 550 and X50 are diverting via Devines Rd, Springfield Ave, Main Rd, Creek Rd, Augusta Rd then as per normal route due to flooding on Barossa Rd.

– Seven Mile Beach Routes 664, 665, X64 & X65 ARE UNABLE TO SERVICE SEVEN MILE BEACH due to a tree blocking the Esplanade. All services are travelling via Estate Drive.

– Routes 560 and 561 (Goodwood & Lutana) are unable to travel via Risdon Rd at the Brooker Hwy, services are instead travelling via Derwent Park Rd, Main Rd, New Town Rd, left at the Maypole into Risdon Rd, then right into Park St.

– All outbound Eastern Shore services are turning left into Argyle St, right into Bathurst St then via Liverpool St to the Tasman Hwy. The stop on lower Macquarie St between Campbell St and Brooker Ave will not be serviced until further notice.

– Inbound and outbound services between Kingston and the City via the Southern Outlet are bypassing Browns Road until further notice due to unsafe conditions.

- Macquarie St is severely congested which will cause significant delays to southern services and have a ripple effect throughout the network.

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