Disaster grants offered after Tas flooding

Rick Goodman

Tasmanians hit by recent thunderstorms and flooding can apply for disaster assistance grants as they clean up after the severe weather.

Cars floated down Hobart streets and homes and businesses were evacuated as heavy rain and wind battered the city on Thursday and Friday, causing major damage.

Means-tested grants are now available to people in Tasmania's south who were affected by the extreme weather.

Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman said local councils will also be offered financial help to restore damaged infrastructure.

"This initial assistance will provide a much-needed helping hand to affected families and also help local councils clean up," he said in a statement on Monday.

Low-income individuals and families can apply for three types of grants: for temporary living expenses, for household essentials and for repairs, restoration and clean up.

The grants are on offer for three months and are not a replacement for insurance or compensation for loss, the government said.

It comes after Hobart recorded its wettest day in nearly 60 years during the storm, which also brought gusty winds of more than 80km/h.

More than 129mm fell in the CBD in 24 hours while Mt Wellington recorded 236mm, Leslie Vale 226mm and Grove 160mm.

A teenage boy was winched from a flooded cricket oval at New Norfolk, while two people in a car were rescued from flood waters at New Town.

The deluge forced the closure of University of Tasmania's Sandy Bay campus, where a security guard was rescued from a windowless room as it filled with water.

More information on the grants is available at disasterassist.gov.au and tasalert.com.