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Timaru EOC: Flood prone areas should prepare to evacuate

Timaru EOC Media Release // Flood prone areas should prepare to evacuate
Timaru Emergency Operations Media release

21.07 // 13.04

Flood prone areas should prepare to evacuate

People in places prone to flooding should be making preparations to evacuate.

The Timaru Civil Defence Emergency operations centre is advising all residents in flood prone areas to get everything they need together to evacuate their homes quickly.

EOC Controller Justin Bagust said that people in particularly flood prone areas should now be making preparations in case they have to evacuate at short notice.

“We would strongly advise people in these areas to get themselves prepared to leave as soon as they feel at risk, not to wait for any official notification.

“This is a quickly developing situation and people need to be ready to go. This means ensuring you have clothes and fuel, as well as things such as knowing where family pets are.

“We are continuing to monitor the situation to ensure people have notification, but our strong message is that if people feel at risk at the moment they should evacuate themselves to friends or family.”

Further updates will be available from Timaru.govt.nz or the TDC Facebook page.

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