Emergency services have received dozens of calls for help as heavy rain continues to soak Tasmania’s south and midlands.
- Heavy rainfall on Monday and overnight has drenched Tasmania’s south and midlands, with 156mm falling at kunanyi/Mount Wellington in Hobart
- The SES says it has received call outs for flash flooding and water damage to houses, and is warning trees may fall if the rain continues
- A further 20 to 40mm of rain is expected to fall today
In Hobart, 156 millimetres have fallen at kunanyi/Mount Wellington in the past 24 hours, with an average of 30 to 60mm falling throughout the south-east of the state.
The State Emergency Services said it received 42 calls for assistance in the greater Hobart region overnight.
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.
Flood warnings for southern rivers
There is a flood warning for the Coal River, with strong river rises and possible flooding expected around the Richmond area, north of Hobart, as the day continues.
The Bureau of Meteorology predicted 20 to 30mm of rain along the Coal River last night, which is expected to continue throughout the day.
The bureau also issued minor flood warnings for the Huon and Jordan Rivers and the River Derwent.
Senior Meteorologist Michael Lasko said southern, central and eastern Tasmania should expect more rain today.
“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.
Mr Lasko warned locals to keep an eye out for hazards.
“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.”