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Avoca Valley Homes Evacuated – Risk of Rockfall

Media Advisory Sunday 6 March 2011: Avoca Valley Homes Evacuated – Risk of Rockfall

Houses on the even numbers side of Avoca Valley Road have been evacuated due to the risk of rocks falling in any further aftershocks. The affected houses are numbers 2 to 96 Avoca Valley Road only.

Houses were evacuated at around 3pm today with police assistance. It is estimated around of the affected 20 families will be housed over night at the Pioneer Stadium welfare centre.

Civil Defence say residents who were not at home at the time when the evacuation was made may wish to retrieve important possessions. They state there is an acceptable risk for residents to gain short term access to recover possessions but that residents should be in no doubt they will be at risk if further aftershocks occur.

It is unclear at this stage when or whether the evacuation might be reviewed.

ENDS

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