Christchurch Civil Defence Update - 10.15am 25 July
Civil Defence update 10.15am 25 July
Heathcote River water levels are continuing to drop and the upper storage basins are slowly emptying. This is forecast to continue over the coming days. However, further rain is forecast from this Thursday and may cause isolated flooding in some areas, particularly where grounds are already saturated.
We are continuing to closely monitor Heathcote River water levels and rainfall forecasts.
Most flood-affected roads in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula have re-opened, however a few still remain closed.
Please check Newsline for the latest information: www.ccc.govt.nz/newsline
Animals in flood-affected areas
Owners living in or near flood-affected properties need to be aware of their pets and where they are roaming.
Christchurch City Council's Animal Management Team advises that pets injured by flood debris will become vulnerable to infection from sewage. They could also be vulnerable to gastric issues, especially if animals eat or drink infected materials or liquids.
Owners should be aware of the risk of cross-contamination. Pets playing in flood debris can bring harmful material inside the home and people can become infected. People must always wash their hands after contact with pets and avoid direct contact to their face from pets.
Residents concerned about their animals should contact a veterinarian.