Otago’s state of emergency has been lifted.
Emergency Management Otago this morning lifted the state of emergency which existed since deluges and heavy wind battered Otago’s eastern coast over the weekend. The region has now officially entered a recovery phase with teams moving on to assessing the damage and checking on the needs of those affected by the devastating floods. Emergency Management Otago group controller Chris Hawker, in Dunedin, said the move towards recovery did not signal any reduction in effort.
● Dunedin City Council (03) 477-4000
● Federated Farmers 0800 FARMING (0800 327 646)
● Otago Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254
DUNEDIN CITY COUNCIL
Dunedin July Severe Weather update
10.45am Monday 24 July 2017
State of Emergency lifted
The Dunedin State of Emergency was lifted at 9am today. Under the Civil Defence Emergency Act 2002 we are now operating under a Notice of Local Transition Period as we move into the recovery phase.
The transition period is in force for 28 days (expires 9am 21 August) unless extended or ended earlier. The notice still gives the local authority powers to carry out essential emergency-related work.
More information about the work happening as part of the recovery phase will be provided today. The work will be led by Dunedin City Council Recovery Manager Simon Pickford.
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DUNEDIN CITY COUNCIL
Dunedin July Severe Weather update #16
5pm, Sunday 23 July 2017
Dunedin Civil Defence Emergency Management is beginning to transition towards the recovery process as the clean up and repairs continue following significant damage caused by heavy rain and flooding on Friday and Saturday.
Dunedin Civil Defence Controller Sue Bidrose says about 130 properties – most of them in the Henley and Taieri areas – will remain evacuated overnight. “Some of these residents may not be able to return to their homes for several days. Anyone who cannot yet return home and needs emergency accommodation should contact us on 03 477 4000.”
Anyone whose property has been damaged by floodwaters, slips or weather related issuers should contact their insurers as soon as possible. People should treat all floodwater as being potentially contaminated.
Dr Bidrose says today’s other priority has been on clearing slips on main arterial roads.
The NZ Transport Agency has now reopened State Highway 88 Dunedin to Port Chalmers following the clearance of two slips which had closed the road between Maia and Roseneath.
Aramoana Road is now open to residents’ only access at Deborah Bay through to Aramoana. Take extreme care, there is debris and surface flooding. In some places it’s one lane only.
Portobello Road from Dunedin to Portobello fully reopened to the public at 5pm today. Work to clear a slip on Harington Point Road just past the turnoff to Harwood has been completed.
Harington Point Road from Portobello to the tanks traps near Taiaroa Head is open to residents’ only access with extreme care from 5pm. The road beyond the tank traps (1025 Harington Point Road) will remain impassable and staff are assessing options to restore access.
“People heading off to work and school tomorrow need to be aware there will still be widespread debris and damage on roads, and motorists must drive carefully and to the conditions,” Dr Bidrose says. “Check with your school as to whether there are any changes to opening times etc.”
Some roads remain closed due to flooding – a full list of road closures and conditions is available online at http://www.dunedin.govt.nz/road-conditions.
State highway closures are on the NZ Transport Agency website at http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/.
With floodwater on streets in Mosgiel and South Dunedin now mostly receded, we have had some reports of sewage and other debris being left behind on residential lawns and streets. Please report any instances of this to us on 03 477 4000 and we will organise for contractors to help as we can.
Power has been restored in the Leith Valley Road area. There is currently no estimated time for restoring power to properties in Henley where there has been damage to both poles and lines
The Dunedin City Council will arrange for a kerbside collection of sandbags in the Mosgiel and South Dunedin areas in the next few days. More details will be made available once confirmed.
Parks and recreation
Dog owners taking their dogs along the Silverstream Flood Bank track in Mosgiel are advised to take extreme care. The high rainfall in the Silverstream catchment may have swept possum carcasses poisoned with 1080 downstream. Keep dogs on a lead at all times; carcasses will be extremely toxic to dogs if eaten. OSPRI has been asked to patrol the area and remove any carcasses.
There have been two slips onto the Frasers Gully walking track. Please stay away from this area until further notice. Second Beach walking track in St Clair is also closed due to a slip.
Keep up to date
This will be the last media release for today.
More information is available on the communication channels below, although please be aware that social media will not be actively monitored from 6pm today until tomorrow morning.
█ The Emergency Operations Centre will remain open overnight with reduced staffing so, anyone with flood-related queries or issues should call 03 477 4000.
● Previous DCC updates can be viewed at this link (scroll to bottom of page)
OTAGO REGIONAL COUNCIL
Emergency Management Otago update #10 3.45pm
Sunday, 23 July 2017
Clean-up operations are underway across Otago as floodwaters continue to recede in the region’s rivers.
Group Controller, Chris Hawker, said that the Waitaki and Clutha District Councils both closed their emergency operations centres this afternoon, with council staff and contractors continuing to repair damage to roads, water and wastewater systems as part of their normal business arrangements.
The Dunedin Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre is remaining open and the Otago Group Emergency Coordination Centre is also still activated in support.
About 10 properties in Milton are still evacuated because of flooding. In Outram, most of the families evacuated yesterday have been able to return home. Elsewhere in the Dunedin area, about 130 properties remain evacuated and these are mostly in the Henley and Taieri areas.
Mr Hawker said assistance was available to people whose property had been flooded or were impacted in other ways.
█ People who have been displaced from their homes can contact local community agencies such as Salvation Army, Presbyterian Support, Anglican Family, Catholic Social Services, Methodist Mission and Arai Te Uru Whare Hauora for assistance. All these agencies can be found online in the white pages of the phone book.
█ Federated Farmers and the Rural Support Trust are providing assistance for farmers: 0800 FARMING and 0800 RURAL HELP.
Regional Council engineers are assessing damage to stopbanks and pump stations as water levels drop, mindful that more rain is forecast for later in the week.
Mr Hawker said that the official transition to recovery would begin on Monday morning. “We have agreed with Mayor Dave Cull and ORC Chairman Stephen Woodhead that the Group Recovery Manager will be appointed so at 9am the Controllers will all stand down.”
Nick Donnelly, Director of Corporate Services at Otago Regional Council, is the Group Recovery Manager. Simon Pickford, Dunedin City Council’s General Manager Community Services and Development, will be the Dunedin Recovery Manager.
Mr Hawker said the structure of the Dunedin recovery office was being developed with the advice of Ministry of Civil Defence & Emergency Management staff, who had arrived on Saturday to support the local response.
At this stage we are watching the forecast. River levels are still high and MetService is signalling that another front will be coming later in the week with significant snow in the Maniototo and Strath Taieri areas. My team will be working with ORC’s flood managers to assess the impact this might have on already saturated catchments.
█ This will be the last update from Emergency Management Otago for this event, unless the situation alters significantly.
The emergency coordination centre will stand down overnight from 6pm to 7.30am and remain activated until the transition to recovery is completed tomorrow.
Media inquiries to Michele Poole, Public Information Manager, 0278398306
www.orc.govt.nz [ORC website]
Emergency Management Otago website: www.otagocdem.govt.nz
ORC Facebook: www.facebook.com/OtagoRegionalCouncil
ORC Twitter: @OtagoRC
Emergency Management Otago Facebook: www.facebook.com/OtagoCDEM
Otago Regional Council river and rainfall information: www.orc.govt.nz/waterinfo
● All previous updates can be accessed at http://www.orc.govt.nz/
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Water water everywhere… Taieri flood protection largely working but still risks with high tide and head water flows converging.
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