Flood & Storm

Preparing for an emergency


Floods can happen very quickly. In a flash flood, water will rise very quickly over a short period of time. Riverine flooding is when rivers burst their banks, and cover the surrounding low-lying land. Floods are also caused by dam failure, pipeline failure, storm surge and tsunami. It’s important to be aware of any flood risk where you live, have property and work.

The Tasmanian State Emergency Service provides simple steps you can take to ensure the safety of you and your family during a flood. For these steps and other advice, visit our Flood webpage or the Tasmania State Emergency Service (SES) website (external link).

You can call the SES on 132 500.

Flood Studies

Council has identified the areas in which flooding may be a risk. All of our current flood studies and mapping can be viewed on our Flood Studies page.

For further information visit TasALERT Flood (alert.tas.gov.au)


Tasmania lies in the path of the Roaring Forties wind that encircles the globe, and we are regularly subjected to storms and severe weather. Storms affect all parts of Tasmania, and can happen anywhere and at any time of the year.

Severe storms may cause flash flooding, major damage to trees, buildings and powerlines, and be accompanied by torrential rain, strong winds, large hailstones and lightning.
Even if your property is not damaged, you may lose power, phone and internet connection, and access to roads.

For further information visit TasALERT Storm (alert.tas.gov.au)