Deluge causes flood havoc

THE Derwent Valley and Central Highlands as well as the rest of Tasmania was drenched by rain last week causing local flooding.

A Major Flood Warning was declared for the River Derwent on Friday, easing late Saturday.

According to the Bureau of Meteorology, rivers around Tasmania are saturated and constantly being monitored.

“October was a dramatically wet month in Tasmania, with four significant rainfall events associated with low pressure systems moving near the state,” a bureau spokesperson said.

“It is likely many rainfall records were broken this month for daily and monthly amounts.’’

Central Highlands Councillor Robert Cassidy captured these scenes at Bothwell.

Landslip damages highway

Recent heavy rain caused a landslip next to the westbound lane of the Lyell Highway west of Ouse, between Strickland Road and the Dee River Bridge.

Investigations of the site revealed that the damage to the road was more extensive than originally thought.

The Department of State Growth is working with contractors on a design that will provide a permanent solution.

Currently one lane is closed, and a reduced speed limit is in place until works are expected to be completed by the end of the 2021, weather permitting.