The nature of flooding can vary dramatically in terms of cause, timing and depth.

Hobart’s location at the foot of Mount Wellington means we can be prone to flash flooding. This gives residents little time to prepare.

In a life threatening emergency call Triple Zero, 000, immediately. For general help in a flood or storm call the SES on 132 500.

Flood preparation measures

  • Find out if your house or business could be affected by flooding by viewing our plans.
  • Work out a safe route in case you need to evacuate.
  • Keep your local emergency numbers handy.


During heavy rainfall

  • Listen to your local radio station for warnings and advice.
  • Make sure your neighbours are also aware and keep in touch in case they need your help.
  • Move garbage containers, chemicals and poisons beyond the reach of water.
  • Secure objects that might float away and cause damage.
  • Move livestock and equipment to high ground.
  • Stack your furniture and other possessions beyond the reach of water – place electrical goods on top of any piles.
  • Check your motor vehicle and keep it full of fuel.

During a flood

  • Avoid driving or walking through flood waters, don’t try to return home until you are sure it is safe.
  • Don’t drive on roads that have been closed.
  • If you are at home, stay there until advised otherwise.
  • Avoid using electrical or gas appliances.
  • Don’t eat or drink food that has been in contact with flood water.
  • Wear shoes and gloves while cleaning up, use a strong disinfectant.

Seek assistance if cleaning up after a flood if the task is too big for you. Ask family, friends or neighbours to help, or contact the State Emergency Service