Tassie weather plays havoc

Written By miftah nugraha on Kamis, 15 Agustus 2013 | 19.55

Carmen Shaw, 21, of Launceston braves the elements. Picture: ROSS MARSDEN

TORRENTIAL rain, hail and high winds have caused havoc across the North with businesses and homes flooded, roads closed and the state's rail network shut down.

The severe weather hit across the North, North-West and West of the state on Tuesday night and early yesterday.

About 18 businesses in the Launceston suburb of Kings Meadows were affected by flash flooding.

Kings Meadows Seafoods owner Dimitrios Amerikanos said staff took about three hours to mop brown mud from the shop's floors.

Mr Amerikanos and signwriter Alan Dinsmore said past floods had taught them to leave anything of value well above floor level.

Mr Dinsmore said the high water mark yesterday reached about 15cm above his workshop floor.

The low pressure system that brought overnight rainfall of between 50mm and 80mm across northern areas triggered moderate flood warnings for the North Esk, South Esk and Meander rivers.

Conditions were milder in the south, with 8mm of rain at Hobart to 9am yesterday and a further 10.2mm to 8pm.

Mostly showery days are forecast for the rest of this week.

The State Emergency Service received 12 call-outs in the North-West on Tuesday night.

Most involved roof and water damage and blocked and overflowing drains.

In the South, the SES received two call-outs for leaking roofs.

TasRail closed its rail network just after midnight Tuesday after the conditions hampered service crews from establishing the extent of any damage to the lines. A landslip at Kimberley Bank cut the Western Line.

"To make the rare decision to close the entire track is an indication of the significant safety risk we believed was present on the main line," TasRail CEO Damien White said.

Several roads were closed including the northbound lanes of the West Tamar Highway, Youl Rd, Winkleigh Rd at Winkleigh and Nile Rd.

In Launceston, 52mm of rain fell between 9am Tuesday and 9am yesterday.


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