Significant flooding through wider Dunedin
People are urged to stay off the roads where possible as significant flooding affects much of Dunedin and the Taieri Plain.
DCC Civil Defence Controller Sandy Graham says there is widespread surface flooding around the city and people should stay off roads unless travel is essential.
“Not all flooding is signposted. If you need to drive, please reduce your speed through flooded areas so water isn’t pushed into properties.”
Henley residents are being advised to evacuate as rain continues to fall.
Ms Graham says Police started door-knocking Henley properties this afternoon advising them to evacuate and be prepared to be out of their homes for several days. At this stage, residents have decided to stay in their homes.
Access to Henley is limited with one road already closed due to a slip. Access is currently via Henley-Berwick Road, but this may be closed if water levels rise. Flooding could also affect about 15 properties in the township.
If anyone needs assistance with emergency accommodation then please contact the DCC on 03 477 4000.
State Highway 88 is down to one lane and a range of local roads are closed. We have received reports of slips blocking the road to Aramoana at Deborah Bay. Contractors are on their way to assess the site. Visit www.dunedin.govt.nz/road-conditions for current road closures. Motorists should also follow road signs and contractor directions.
Residents should also treat all floodwaters as contaminated.
Dunedin residents are still being asked to cut back on showers and use of washing machines to ease pressure on wastewater systems.
Continued rain is putting pressure on wastewater pipes and pumping stations. In heavy rain, stormwater gets into parts of the wastewater system, increasing the amount of water flowing through.
We are asking people to limit their use of showers, baths and washing machines until mid evening when hopefully the main effects of the rain are over.
Mosgiel and South Dunedin residents who are concerned about flooding or who have had issues before can collect sandbags from the sites below.
• Memorial Park car park, Gordon
• Hotel Taieri car park, corner of Burns and King Street
• Ice Stadium car park, Victoria Road
In most circumstances people will need to fill their own bags. Volunteers will also be on site to help.
Older people and those with mobility issues who are unable to pick up their own bags can call the DCC on 03 477 4000 and we will try to arrange delivery.
For information and advice please see the DCC website, DCC social media and use other media. Please refer family, friends and neighbours to these communication channels.