Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Supporting evacuees after storm. national summary

Media release 31 July 2008

Supporting evacuees after storm – and national summary

One of civil defence emergency management's (CDEM) aims in response to the national storm is to support those people who have been evacuated and to help them return to their homes safely as soon as possible.

The Ministry's National Opertations Manager, David Coetzee, said that people have been evacuated in North Shore, East Coast, Greymouth, Picton and Canterbury. City and District Council damage inspections will continue today.

Regional and local government CDEM offices are working with welfare organisations to support the people evacuated.

People needing welfare support (e.g. food, shelter, clothing etc) as a result of the storm should contact their local council or the government helpline 0800 779 997 for information about their nearest support services.

Summary of situation at 8am today

Wind and heavy rain are expected to cause damage and flooding across southern New Zealand over the next 11 to 17 hours.

A state of emergency remains in force in Marlborough.

CDEM emergency operations centres continue to operate in Thames Valley, Horowhenua, Hawkes Bay, Marlborough and throughout Canterbury. The National Crisis Management Centre beneath the Beehive has been activated to monitor the situation and provide central government support if necessary.


Roads

The strong winds have resulted in intermittent closures and restrictions across the country, mainly due to fallen trees and landslides.
• State Highway 1
Flooding between Blenheim and Picton affecting traffic.
Closed between Blenheim and Parnassus (north Canterbury).
• State Highway 2
Slips have blocked one lane on the Rimutuka Hill, near Wellington.
• State Highway 6
Flooding between Blenheim and Nelson affecting traffic.
• Hawkes Bay
Surface flooding affected local road networks overnight.
• Horowhenua
Some local roads throughout the Horowhenua District remain closed.
• Marlborough
Some local roads throughout the Marlborough District remain closed.
• Canterbury
Roads in the Waimakiriri, Hurunui and Christchurch City local authorities have been affected by surface flooding.

Airports

Blenheim Airport has reopened.

Railways

The following rail lines are closed;
• Main Trunk Line closed between Otaki and Waikanae.
• Napier-Gisborne
• Woodville-Hastings
• Kinleith Branch Line
• Blenheim-Picton
ONTRACK is currently assessing the line between Blenheim and north Canterbury.


Electricity

Power outages have occurred in;
• Helensville and Kaipara. A large area lost power last night across this area. Restoration of supply is continuing.
• The Horowhenua District. Large areas are expected to be without power for several days. Power has been restored to many urban properties.
• Te Aroha; this was expected to be mostly restored by Wednesday evening, but this has not been confirmed.

Water supply
• Horowhenua: Water shortages in Shannon, due to a lightning strike.
• Marlborough: Boil water notice issued for Picton.

Waste water
• Horowhenua: Generators are in use due to power supply issues.

Petroleum, Gas and Telecommunications
• There are no petroleum or telecommunications issues.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

In the end, Mr Pragmatic calmly read the signs of impending defeat and went out on his own terms. You could use any number of clichés to describe Peter Dunne’s exit from Parliament.

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election