East Coast Low wreaks havoc in Tasmania

A Latrobe mother has described escaping Tasmanian floodwaters with her partner and three-month-old baby after their car was pulled from the road as their town flooded as river flooding peaks in northern Tasmania, ABC reports. 

On Wednesday, Megan Krawczyk, of Latrobe, and her fiance, Michael, gathered up their baby at 5:00am and escaped through the water already coming up the driveway of their home.

"It's still so surreal," she told 936 ABC Hobart.

"We are an absolute miracle, we are alive, we lost our car, we've lost a few possessions in our house."

Flooding in Tasmania follows on from wide-spread chaos along Australia's eastern seaboard which played out spectacularly over the weekend - causing three deaths in New South Wales.

Yesterday the Federal Government announced disaster assistance had been activated for communities affected by the storms.

Funding will be made available to Lismore, Coffs Harbour, The Tweed as well as parts of Sydney and the State South Coast.

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