High rainfall, winds

Warning. The Bureau of Meteorology forecasts up to 30 millimetres of rainfall for Smithton today (Thursday June 23) with northwesterly winds reaching 40km/h.

At Marrawah, up to 35mm is predicted while 25mm is expected at Stanley.

Rain is expected to ease on Friday.

The SES has advised north-west residents that as a result of the recent heavy rainfalls and wet catchments, this rain may result in river levels rising and some flooding.

The SES has asked people to be aware of trees that may fall due to stronger winds and sodden ground, and the increased risk of tree limbs falling.

People are urged to remember the following:

• Do not go near flood waters, drains or culverts

• Do not drive, walk, swim or cycle through flood waters

• Beware of damaged trees and keep clear of fallen powerlines and floodwaters surrounding them

• Check that family and neighbours are aware of conditions

• Check on livestock and pets to ensure they are safe

• Drive to the conditions. If you don’t need to drive in the wet, stay indoors

• Listen to ABC local radio or check www.ses.tas.gov.au for updates

• Road closures are listed at www.police.tas.gov.au/community-alerts

For flood and emergency assistance contact SES on 132 500. In life threatening emergencies, call 000.

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