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Launceston Floods 2016

 

Countless homes were flooded and businesses destroyed when the state was hit by the worst floods in 100 years.
In a turn of events labelled unprecedented by the Bureau of Meteorology, the state’s major rivers - the North Esk, South Esk, Meander, Mersey, Forth, Macquarie and Derwent rivers - were simultaneously placed on major flood alerts.
More than 100 homes across the North and North-West were inundated with floodwater, causing State Emergency Service crews to evacuate residents at Newstead, Latrobe and Wynyard.
East Coast residents also felt the treacherous conditions as the Scamander River broke its banks early on June 6.

Later that evening, the South Esk River at Longford exceeded the minor flood level of 3.5 metres, and the Trevallyn Dam was spilling water down through Cataract Gorge to Launceston
Tasmanians showed their true grit as they risked their lives to protect family, friends, neighbours, pets and livestock.