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

 


Christchurch Earthquake - General Update

Christchurch City Council Media Advisory

Christchurch Earthquake - General Update

6am Sunday 5 September 2010

Overnight, staff at the emergency response centre in Christchurch have been consolidating information received throughout the day on Saturday; working on an action plan; and prioritising tasks to be done today.

More than 500 buildings in the city are damaged - more than 90 of those in the central city area.

While there has been damage to some minor bridges, major bridges have withstood the quake. Some roads have been closed due to liquefaction or flooding

Most calls to the Council are about water supply and damage to chimneys.

* Water supply has resumed for all but 15-20% of the city, and today's efforts will focus on the remaining areas (though some areas may not have their water supply restored for a number of days). There are more than 200 water leaks around the city - about 100 of which are reasonably significant. There could be further disruptions to water supplies as parts of the system are turned off so that repairs can be made. Where water is available, it should still be used sparingly to avoid putting too much pressure on the waste water system. The waste treatment works at Bromley are operating and the waste water trunk mains appear to be intact, although there is significant localised damage to waste water pipes. Residents are asked to flush toilets only sparingly. Some sewage overflows to rivers may occur as people increase their water use and the broken waste water mains struggle to cope with demand. Portaloos have been provided in parts of the city and more will be provided as they can be sourced.

* Brighton and Brooklands and parts of Avonside are the worst hit areas in the city and public health issues may yet force evacuations.

* Even though water coming out of the taps may appear normal, drinking water should be boiled for three minutes before drinking.

* Water tankers will be located around the city to the areas of greatest need.

* Diamond Harbour's water supply has been restored and will slowly return to normal.

* Because of unstable buildings and concerns about aftershocks, people are asked to minimise travel and only make essential journeys in the city.

* All Christchurch City Council leisure centres will be closed on Sunday, 5 September. They will remain closed until Monday morning, when staff will reassess the situation.

* Power has been restored to 90% of Christchurch. Power can not be restored in the central city until all buildings are checked.

* Anyone whose home is not habitable or who feels unsafe staying there should consider self-evacuating to friends and family in the first instance.

* Welfare centres are located at Addington Raceway, Linwood College and Burnside High School, offering shelter and food to residents. Anyone wanting to go to a welfare centre should take their own toiletries and wherever possible also take their own bedding - including pillow, blankets and some form of mattress to sleep on (such as a camping mat). The welfare centres will remain open as long as they are needed. Numbers catered for last night at the three centres were:

Linwood College - 85 people
Burnside High School - 109 people
Addington Raceway - 50 people

* Residents are advised not to use open fires because of the risk of further aftershocks that could damage chimneys. There have already been more than 30 significant aftershocks in the city since the major quakes yesterday morning (recording magnitudes of up to 5.4) and these could continue for several weeks. These aftershocks could cause further damage to already weakened structures and buildings, or could cause fresh damage.

* Forecast weather for the city is likely to bring fresh challenges for residents and for the Christchurch City Council. Strong gusty nor'west winds are expected in the city today and tomorrow, followed by rain on Tuesday. The strong winds could result in further damage to buildings and structures already damaged in yesterday's earthquake; while rain is likely to create stormwater issues for already stressed city infrastructure as well as create problems for residents who have properties that have been damaged and may now be exposed

* Starting this morning at 9am, 20-25 teams from the Council's Building Evaluation Team will move through the cordoned off area of the central city, inspecting all buildings within this zone. Each building will be tagged after it has been inspected - with red placards assigned where buildings are considered unsafe and can not be entered; yellow placards assigned where restricted use is permitted; and green placards assigned where there are no restrictions on a building's use. It is hoped that this process can be completed for all buildings within the cordoned off area by the end of the day today. Once this information is available, yellow and green placarded buildings will be able to be cleaned up on Monday. There will be no public access to the cordoned central city area before Monday - with the exception of residents. The cordon covers the area bounded by Madras, St Asaph, Montreal and Kilmore Streets.

This morning's key messages:

* Today is a day for further damage assessment
* We are asking people to keep travel to a minimum
* Water coming out of the tap may look normal, but needs to be boiled for three minutes before drinking
* Water tankers will be sent to areas of greatest need
* The three welfare centres will remain open as long as they are needed - take personal toiletries and all bedding.

END

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured – Suspect Arrested:

Police apprehended Russell John Tully just after 5pm this evening following the armed incident in Ashburton this morning.

Canterbury dog section and AOS apprehended Tully not far from Lake Hood. No shots were fired although Tully will be treated for minor dog-bite injuries.

Tully is now in custody at Ashburton Police Station. More>>


  • 3 News Out-Link - Livestream: Ashburton shooting press conference from 5pm

  •  

    Parliament Today:

    John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

    Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

    Gordon Campbell:
    On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

    Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

    Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

    It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

    ALSO:

    More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

    The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

    Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

    Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

    ALSO:

    Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

    A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

    So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

    ALSO:

    Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

    A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Regional
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news