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Tairawhiti Civil Defence prepares for Hola

Tairawhiti Civil Defence Emergency Management is prepared for the arrival of ex-Cyclone Hola this afternoon with its five Community Link groups activated and extra resources sent to the top of the East Coast.

Emergency manager Louise Bennett said public safety messaging had been sent out since Friday.

The current forecast has rain developing from mid-afternoon and increasing in intensity from early morning through to 6am Tuesday. Severe wind gusts are forecast from 7pmtonight, particularly north of Tolaga Bay. A high tide at around 3.30am could bring storm surges and wave run-ups into the district’s rivers, estuaries and drains as river levels peak at around the same time.

Gisborne District Council staff have been checking essential infrastructure to ensure its free of debris and in working order.

River wardens and farmers have been notified of the potential for rivers to reach high levels.

Fire and Emergency NZ will send extra resources into the top of the East Coast to provide security and quick response for local communities, Mrs Bennett said.

“We advise people stay home and stay safe tonight and prepare this afternoon for the probability of high winds and a lot of rain.”

People are advised to listen to the radio and keep an eye on Tairawhiti CDEM Facebook page, Council’s website gdc.govt.nz and flood monitoring models.

The situation continues to be monitored.


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