Evacuations being considered as the Coast braces for damaging floods

October 13, 2022 10:39 pm in by

Latrobe Floods

Picture: Latrobe floods, 2016

Major flooding is expected in parts of the North-West Coast today and residents in some areas are being asked to be prepared to evacuate.
A flood emergency warning has been issued for the Mersey River advising residents to prepare to evacuate.
The State Emergency Service says major flooding is expected at Kimberly, Merseylea and Latrobe and all parts in between from now and into the afternoon and evening.
A flood watch and act alert has also been issued for the Forth River at Kindred, Paloona, Forth, Forthside, Turners Beach and Leith.
The Port of Devonport has been closed and Spirit of Tasmania sailings have been cancelled.
TasRail has suspended all Coastal freight services.
The Devonport Country Club golf course, which sits on the banks of the Mersey River at Woodrising, has been closed., as has the Fern Glade Reserve in Burnie.
All sporting grounds in Devonport have been closed.
Latrobe Mayor Peter Freshney says although work has commenced on the $14 million Latrobe Flood Mitigation Project, it’s not at the stage yet of being able to provide any extra protection for the township.
However, Councillor Freshney says people are better prepared and informed than the devastating and deadly floods of 2016.
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