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Council managing clean-up following latest flooding

Council managing clean-up following latest flooding

Christchurch City Council staff and contractors are continuing to manage the clean-up across the city and Banks Peninsula following the latest rainstorm.

Surface flooding is now receding and contractors are removing leaves from drains and sumps. This clearing will continue over the next ten weeks.

In instances of remaining surface flooding, drivers are asked to be considerate of properties adjacent to any surface flooding. The Council advises drivers to slow down when driving through flooded areas, as the wake your vehicle creates can send waves into neighbouring homes and businesses.

Geotechnical teams monitoring hillside areas
Geotechnical consultants are continuing to monitor known high risk areas where there is a life-risk potential. Following yesterday’s rainfall, teams responded to a number of calls throughout the Port Hills. Our roading contractors continue to respond to minor slips and are working to clear these. To date none of these areas have presented an imminent risk to safety.

Slips and flooding is being dealt with in Banks Peninsula. Contractors are on-site and continually monitoring and communicating with Council staff.
The Council is asking people in hillside areas to be vigilant, and keep an eye out for any telltale signs of land instability, including:
- New cracking to land, buildings, driveways or paths
- Existing cracks that get longer, wider or deeper
- Leaning or bulging of retaining walls
- Rockfalls
If you notice any changes, or have any concerns, please call the Council’s Customer Call Centre on 941 8999, or 0800 800 169. If you believe there is a risk to life, call 111 and self-evacuate.

Road closures covered by temporary traffic management:
• Ashgrove Terrace – Colombo Street to Barrington Street
• Avonside Road between Retreat Road and Wainoni Road is flooded and has been closed. Detour in place via Woodham Road – Pages Road to Bickerton Street – back to Wainoni Road
• Archer Street – Single lane in parts
• Avonside Drive
• Aylesford Street – Hills Road to Westminster Street
• Barbados Street – Warrington Street to Edward Street (Southbound only)
• Carrick Street – Single lane in parts
• Earnlea Terrace
• Flockton Street – Warrington Street to Westminister Street
• Francis Avenue
• Harrison Street – Single lane in parts
• Hunter Terrace – Colombo Street to Malcolm Avenue
• Marion Street
• Smith Street
• South Highway 74 – Heathcote Valley Off-Ramp
• Speight Street
• Squire Street
• Thornton Street – Single lane in parts
• Waimea Terrace – Colombo Street to Birdwood Avenue
• Warrington Street – Hills Road to Barbadoes Street
• Western Valley Road – Little River to Port Levy
• Whareora Terrace (slip)

Extra care needs to be taken when driving on Cressy Terrace/Park Terrace, Lyttelton due to localised slips.

Road closure information is frequently updated. For up-to-date traffic information throughout Christchurch city and Banks Peninsula, please visit the Transport for Christchurch website atwww.transportforchristchurch.govt.nz

Kerbside wheelie bin collection
Wheelie bin collections throughout the city and Banks Peninsula will continue today. The Council advises residents to place their bins at the kerbside out of remaining flood waters.

For residents whose bins have been swept away, contact the Council’s Customer Call Centre on 941 8999, or 0800 800 169.

The Council recommends when handling bins that may have come into contact with contaminated water, please use gloves and your wash your hands after contact.

Health and safety
Flood waters on roads and parks may be contaminated, so the Council advises residents to avoid the water where possible or make sure you wash your hands and remove and wash any clothing that gets wet.
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