Coastal deluge a little unusual ( admin posted on June 13th, 2018 )

A DELUGE over the weekend saw the Devonport foreshore underwater and reports of flooding near the Mersey Community Hospital.
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Devonport’s newest venture, the Devonport Foreshore Market was unable to get off the ground at the weekend for its scheduled inaugural event because, as organiser Chris Preston put it, “there was more water on the foreshore than in the Mersey”.

Mr Preston said he was disappointed he couldn’t hold the first market as planned but said he was looking towards next weekend, weather permitting.

“I was a bit of a wreck,” he said.

“You put so much work into it. I’ve put several weeks into it, and the stallholders.”

The majority of the market’s 57 stallholders also bravely turned up despite the rain, but unfortunately the weather did not turn in their favour.

Mr Preston said he was looking to speak with the Devonport City Council to find an alternative wet-weather venue for the market in the future.

Bureau of Meteorology meteorologist Michael Laszko said the rain experienced on the Coast over the weekend was due to a low-pressure trough located close to the West Coast.

“This heavy rain is a little uncommon (for this time of year),” Mr Laszko said.

“We would normally expect this type of weather in spring but it’s not outside the realms of possibilities.

“Tasmania’s weather is so varied we can get snow in December.”

Mr Laszko said the BOM recorded a minimum of 20 to 30millimetres of rain in the North and North-West of the state, but the highest recordings were 78millimetres in Ulverstone, 68millimetres in Wynyard and 61millimetres in Latrobe.

He said the low-pressure trough causing the weather had moved on and Coasters could expect milder weather in the next few days.

Boat owners were caught out at Port Sorell on Saturday as a king tide unexpectedly engulfed much of the beach – and their waiting cars. Picture: Scott Cooper.

Drivers needed to be extra careful with plenty of water on the roads outside of the Mersey Community Hospital. Picture: Dan Aherne.

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