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

 


Christchurch Public Information Update, 12:00pm 25/2/11

Public Information Update, 12:00pm Friday 25th February 2011

Posted on Friday, February 25, 2011 by canterburyearthquake

Hotel Grand Chancellor
A 90m cordon has been placed around the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Surveys show that the hotel has now stabilised, having not moved for two days.

Regular measurements of its movements are being monitored by the Department of Building and Housing.

Fuel
There is no need to stockpile fuel. The BP distribution terminal is open and fuel is being distributed to service stations that are open around the city.

Christchurch will not run out of fuel. View a list of open petrol stations in Christchurch and surrounding areas (subject to supply).

Supermarkets
Supermarkets around the city are stocked and there is enough food.

There is no need to stockpile food as supplies continue to come into the city.

Health and safety
In the first instance, residents are to ring their GP if they need medical attention. Seventy percent of GP surgeries in the city are now open, as are many city pharmacies.

After hours clinics are open for people who need urgent attention.

• Please report any suspicious activity in your neighbourhood and keep an eye on your neighbour’s property.

• If someone approaches your house always check for identification – authorised people will have identification.

Fire service
Normal fire service emergency coverage is up and running in all suburbs including those worst affected on the eastern side of the city.

Please check that any LPG cylinders are upright and secure before operating.

Any gas-operated heating needs to be checked by a qualified person before being operated.

If your power has been disconnected, make sure you turn off any electrical appliances to avoid safety issues when power is restored.

Make sure your smoke alarms are working. If they are not working or you don’t have one, you can contact your local fire station (not the emergency 111 number) and they may be able to supply you with you.

Portaloos
200 portaloos have been distributed and a further 600 are on their way into the city.

If you have mains water you can flush your toilet. If there is no water supply or there are any signs of blockage or poor drainage don’t flush.

No human waste is to be placed in your organics bin. Please bury this in your garden and ensure effective hygiene for you and your family throughout.

Power
Electricity has been restored to 75% of the city. It will take a number of weeks to fully restore power to the remaining 25%.

Operation Suburb
One hundred teams have headed out today to door-knock in the most affected areas. Their purpose is to obtain a picture of the health and safety of building occupants and the state of building stock for residential buildings only.
The suburbs to be visited are: Brighton, Dallington, Avonside, Parklands/Queen’s Park, Sumner/Redcliffs, St Martins/Opawa, Lyttelton and Bays, Woolston/Ferrymead, Hoonhay, Richmond/St Albans, Fendalton / Merivale, and Aranui / Bromley.

These teams will carry official identification.

Operation Shops
Teams are visiting priority areas, which include shopping centres, malls, medical centres and pharmacies to identify whether they are safe for public access. These areas have been prioritised because they supply basic human needs, such as food, water and medical attention.

If these areas are dangerous they receive a red placard and are cordoned-off.

Operation CBD
Twenty teams of structural engineers are heading out into the CBD today to assess structural stability of buildings.

Silt
If possible, residents are asked to pile silt on the roadside (not on grass berms) and this will be collected.

The Student Volunteer Army has mobilised 13,000 volunteers to clear silt and help in other ways in suburban areas. They have a website set up for people to contact if they require assistance – www.geoop.com/volunteer-army.php.

The website will automatically pool all requests for help and prioritise jobs.

Water and waste water

Fifty percent of the city now have basic mains water supply.

If you have mains water supply you can flush your toilet. If there are any signs of blockage or overflow stop flushing – this may be an indication of damaged pipes.

Residents are reminded to bring water to the boil once, allow it to settle, and then bring to the boil again. This includes water taken from tankers. If residents are unable to boil water, add one tsp of bleach to ten litres of water and leave for thirty minutes before use.

New Zealand Army has desalination plants processing 5000 litres of water per hour. These are available in Lyttelton and New Brighton (New Brighton will be operational by 0700hours).

Basic functionality has been established at Bromley Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Residents leaving the city
Please let your neighbours, friends and family know if you are leaving your home.

Road use
Congestion on city streets is slowing emergency response time and supplies. Please stay off the streets and if you have to travel, keep your journey short.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Half Empty: Dairy Prices Drop To Lowest Since August 2009

Dairy product prices fell to the lowest level in more than five years in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, led by declines in butter milk powder and whole milk powder.

”Stocks of dairy commodities are building across the globe due to Russia’s current ban on importing dairy products from many Western nations, and a lack of urgency from Chinese buyers, while at the same time global milk supplies are expanding,” AgriHQ dairy analyst Susan Kilsby said in a note. More>>

 

Slippage: NZ Universities Still In Top 3% Globally

This year the University of Auckland ranked 175 (down from 164 last year); the University of Otago ranked 251-275th (down from 226-250), both Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Canterbury held their ranks (at 276-300thand 301-350 respectively), while the University of Waikato dropped from 301-350 to 351-400. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Last Rites For The TPP

The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Farcical Elevation Of David Seymour

With the election won, it’s time to find jobs for the boy. David Seymour is the Act Party’s latest scrounger to be rewarded by the National Party, and not only with a seat in Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

As Key Mulls Joining ISIS Fighting: McCully Speech To UN Backs Security Council Bid

It is an honour to address you today on behalf of the Prime Minister and Government of New Zealand. Our General Election took place last week - our Prime Minister Rt Hon John Key is engaged in forming a government and that is why he is unable to be here in New York... More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Cunliffe Triggers Party Wide Leadership Contest

David Cunliffe has resigned as Labour Leader, but says he will seek re-election... If there is any contest the election will have to go through a process involving the party membership and union affiliates. More>>

ALSO:

Flyover Appeal: Progress And Certainty, Or Confusion And More Delays?

Lindsay Shelton: The Transport Agency, embarrassed by the rejection of its flyover alongside the Basin Reserve, says it’s appealing because the decision could “constrain progress.” Yet for most clear-sighted Wellingtonians a 300-metre-long concrete structure above Kent and Cambridge Terraces would in no way be seen as progress… More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Cunliffe’s Last Stand

Right now, embattled Labour leader David Cunliffe has three options. None of them are particularly attractive for him personally, or for the Labour Party... More>>

ALSO:

Key Seeking 'New Ideas': Look To Children’s Commissioner On Poverty - Greens

John Key should not reinvent the wheel when it comes to ideas for tackling child poverty, and instead look to the recommendations of the Children’s Commissioner’s Expert Group on Child Poverty, Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news