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Flood awareness campaign in Queenstown and Wanaka next week

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18 October 2018

Flood awareness campaign in Queenstown and Wanaka next week

Businesses located close to the lake in Queenstown and Wanaka will be getting a refresher on the risk of flooding next week, as Otago Regional Council (ORC), Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) and Emergency Management Otago (EMO) team up for their annual flood awareness campaign.

Low-lying parts of the Queenstown and Wanaka CBDs are periodically affected by floods. Businesses in the area are visited annually to make sure they understand the flood risk and are given advice and information on how to be prepared.

The ORC, QLDC and EMO teams will be visiting businesses in the flood zone in Queenstown on Wednesday 24th October and Wanaka onThursday 25th October to offer advice to business owners about how to prepare for a flood, and where to access information and help.

ORC Director Engineering, Hazards and Science, Dr Gavin Palmer said, “This campaign is a great opportunity to advise communities on how they might be affected by a flood, and to outline what they can do to minimise the impact on themselves and their business.”

Otago Emergency Management Officer for Queenstown Lakes, Trevor Andrews said, “We have a lot of practical information on flooding in the area. Residents generally have several days’ notice before flooding is likely to take place here, so the more they know how to prepare, the better placed they will be to reduce the impact.”

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