Supplies flown in to community stranded by storm
Essential food supplies are being flown in to a southern Tasmanian community isolated by the recent extreme weather event.
Inspector Mark Wright said that the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was deployed about 2.30pm today to drop off essential supplies and check on the welfare of residents of about five properties in Glen Dhu Road, Molesworth.
The rural community was isolated as a result of several bridges being damaged in the storm. Work on clearing and damage assessment is expected to take place tomorrow, with a view to start repairing the bridges as soon as possible.
Homes in the area are reportedly without power and people are in need of basic necessities including food and mobile battery charge.
“There are some isolated homes in the area, so we’re flying in some basic essentials including milk, fruit, cereal and bread to help them through what is a challenging time for their community,” Inspector Wright said.
“Members of the community are safe, however a paramedic on board the helicopter will be visiting the residents to help reassure the community and to attend to any medical needs if required.”
Meanwhile, Rapid Impact Assessment (RIA) crews from the SES and TFS have completed undertaking assessments and capturing visual data depicting the impact of the major flood event in the greater Hobart area.
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