Dealing with storm damage

THE recent extreme weather event in southern Tasmania on 10 and 11 May 2018 caused significant damage across the City of Clarence.

This included damage to private and public buildings and spaces including dwellings, outbuildings, parks, tracks and roadways.

The most severely affected areas in Clarence was south of Lauderdale, including Sandford, South Arm and Opossum Bay districts.

There are shack owners in some of these areas, as well as permanent residents, and Clarence City Council expects there may still be some home owners unaware of damage.

All property owners are encouraged to contact their insurance companies for assistance and guidance on how best to undertake repairs.

Since the storm, Council staff have been focusing on the clean-up effort.

Initially, clearing table drains, pits and culverts and restoring the capacity of the existing stormwater system were priorities.

This extreme rainfall event has identified some areas of the stormwater systems which will require more detailed investigation and may require significant capital works to address.

These tasks will take time to investigate and prioritise and Council will need to approve funding allocations over the longer term before some works can be commenced.

For some areas of Clarence this was an extreme rainfall event and to document it, community members are asked to share their images and videos of the storm and floods.

If you have any photos or videos of the flood, especially of flood peaks, damage and debris left behind by the floods, please email them to Clarence City Council at clarence@ccc.tas.gov.au marked “stormwater research” in the subject line.

The Council asks that you include your contact details and identify, as precisely as possible, where the photo or video was taken.

This documentation will help Council to be as best prepared as possible in the case of any similar events occurring in the future.

Grants are available in some circumstances from the State Government.

For more information, contact Housing Tasmania on 1300 665 663 (Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm).

Further information on disaster assistance is available on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at disasterassist.gov.au and the TasALERT website at www.tasalert.com

Caption: Damage caused by the extreme weather event in early May.

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