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Clean up continues in Dunedin

Thursday, 22 November 2018


The clean-up is continuing following heavy rain in Dunedin this week.

General Manager Infrastructure Services Simon Drew says “DCC staff and contractors are continuing to deal with issues caused by the weather. Most of the floodwater has receded, however high flows and surface water are expected to remain in parts of the Taieri Plain for some time.

“With more rain expected next week, we are continuing to closely monitor the forecast and conditions.”

Water and wastewater

Middlemarch residents are still being advised not to drink water from private bores as it is likely to be contaminated due to flooding and wastewater surcharges. Samples have been taken to assess water quality.

Water is available from a tanker beside the Strath-Taieri Community Centre. People should bring clean containers to fill. Streams in the area remain high and this is still having an impact on the wastewater network.

Taieri residents are also being advised not to drink water from private bores as it may be contaminated.

Water from all DCC supplies is safe to drink.

The water supply has been restored for residents in Coast Road and Evansdale. However, this morning residents have been affected by a water main burst at Seacliff and another at Ramrock Rd, Waikaouiti. These are expected to be fixed today.

Wastewater surcharges had affected some roads and properties around the city. While surcharges have stopped, it is recommended people stay out of all waterways and do not collect shellfish until advised it’s safe to do so.

Road network

A number of roads remain closed due to surface flooding, mostly in the Taieri and Strath Taieri area, and eight slips have been reported around the city.

DCC contractors are busy working to repair roads and infrastructure and work is being prioritised. There may be potholes and minor damage in some places. We are asking people to please be patient as it will take us longer than usual to get to these.

For road closures and conditions, go to www.dunedin.govt.nz/road-conditions. State highway closures are on the NZ Transport Agency website at www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/.

Sportgrounds

Sportsgrounds remain closed. Conditions will be assessed daily.

Freedom camping

The Warrington Domain will remain closed until further notice.

St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool

The St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool reopened at lunchtime today.

Anyone who has flooding-related issues can contact the DCC on 03 477 4000.

ENDS

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