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Heavy Rain Event West Coast

Media Release 6 –

Heavy Rain Event West Coast

8 December 2019

1700 hours

West Coast Heavy Rain Event

SH6 from Makarora to Haast is open to one lane at Clarke Bluff, between 10am and 4pm each day until further notice. 

SH6 Haast to Fox Glacier is closed to be revised tomorrow.

SH6 Fox Glacier to Franz Josef is closed.

SH6 Franz Josef to Hokitika is closed this will be revised tomorrow with the view to opening between Hokitika and Hari Hari as soon as possible.

Essential vehicles only will be allowed from Hokitika to Harihari, this only includes:

  • Milk tankers
  • Emergency Services Vehicles
  • Local residents - Please note that all vehicles will be stopped and registration & owner details taken prior to travel

It is unlikely that the road between Hari Hari and Whataroa (Mt Hercules) will be open before Friday 13th December at this stage.

Whataroa to Franz Josef is open and clear.

We advise people to consider travel options and keep up to date on state highway status at the NZTA site: https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

Residents at Fox Glacier township are advised to continue to conserve water until further notice.

A generator has been sourced to restore power from Fox Glacier to Bruce Bay this is currently in transit and hoped to be operational by midday tomorrow, further updates will be provided as they are available.

Chorus are intending to temporarily reconnect the fibre on Wednesday this is contingent on work being completed at Dochertys Creek.  

Civil Defence Coordinators in Franz Josef are continuing to finalise the exact number of visitors that are currently in Franz Josef at the various accommodation providers, at this stage with the road potentially continuing to remain closed until Friday the 13th December the Coordinators are assessing the need for additional essential supplies that may be required.

Westland Emergency Operations Centre is standing down from 5pm tonight and will be staffed again from 0800 Monday 9th December with the focus moving to recovery.

West Coast Civil Defence are very thankful to the volunteers that are continuing to support the people of South Westland during this time.

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ENDS

Media contact

John  Canning – Local Controller

027 568 5246

 

 

Media Release 5 –

Heavy Rain Event West Coast

8 December 2019

1030 hours

West Coast Heavy Rain Event

SH6 from Makarora to Haast will be open to one lane at Clarke Bluff from 10am today. The road will be closed overnight from 4pm each day until further notice.  Please note the update on the NZTA site that has this as closed is currently incorrect.

SH6 Haast to Fox Glacier is closed.

SH6 Fox Glacier to Franz Josef is closed.

SH6 Franz Josef to Hokitika is closed.

Essential vehicles only will be allowed from Hokitika to Harihari, this only includes:

  • Milk tankers
  • Emergency Services Vehicles
  • Local residents - Please note that all vehicles will be stopped and registration & owner details taken prior to travel

Please note the update on the NZTA site that has this as open from Hokitika to Franz Josef is incorrect.

We advise people to consider travel options and keep up to date on state highway status at the NZTA site: https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

Residents at Fox Glacier township are advised to continue to conserve water until further notice.

A generator has been sourced to restore power from Fox Glacier to Bruce Bay Electronet will continue to work on making this operational, further updates will be provided as they are available.

Chorus are continuing to assess the impact to Chorus networks for the Fox and Franz Josef areas.

Westland Emergency Operations Centre continues to be activated and staff are working closely with our key stakeholders and emergency services to support our communities.

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ENDS

Media contact

John  Canning – Local Controller

027 568 5246

 

7 December 2019
1000 hrs

Prolonged heavy rain has impacted State Highway 6 and infrastructure across the South Westland region.

SH6 is closed south of the Hokitika township at the Ruatapu intersection through Makarora, there are several slips on the road.  An update will be provided tomorrow after inspections are completed.

A large slip on the Fox Hills and a damaged bridge near Te Taho are also being assessed by Fulton Hogan.

We advise people to consider travel options and keep up to date on state highway status at the NZTA site: https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic

Power supplies have been disrupted from Fox Glacier township to Bruce Bay and Westpower are making assessments however access may be limited due to roading conditions.

Residents in Franz and Fox Glacier are advised to conserve water on public supply lines, due to communications and power outages.

Westland Emergency Operations Centre is still activated and staff are working closely with our key stakeholders and emergency services to support our communities.

 

To find out more about Civil Defence and Emergency Management on the West Coast please go to www.westcoastemergency.govt.nz
 

West Coast Civil Defence advise people to have emergency supplies for at least 7 days available which is food, water, medical supplies and cash. We strongly urge people to be prepared – have a ‘grab bag’ with you at your place of work, and make a plan for what you do if you are at home. Please check on elderly neighbours, family and friends.

This information is useful: http://getthru.govt.nz/how-to-get-ready/emergency-survival-items

Civil Defence Event

It is important that if it is safe to do so, you remain in your own home. You and your families will be more comfortable at home and that is why your own preparedness planning is vital.
If it is necessary to evacuate people because of hazard threat, damage to homes or because people are temporarily misplaced /unable to access their homes, then Civil Defence facilities will be established across the Westland district. Either or both “Emergency Management Centres” for gathering of emergency staff and provision of information to all agencies including the media, and “Welfare Centres” for registration and accommodation of temporarily misplaced persons will be opened.

These types of facilities will be opened by Civil Defence according to the needs that have arisen because of the event. The facilities will be staffed by Emergency Management professionals and local volunteers.

This is a list of possible facilities for such use. However in reality the Civil Defence team will open up facilities that best fit the needs of the situation. The facility will have to be in the right location and be safe (including sanitary). It is unlikely that all of the places on this list will be opened. It also may be necessary to establish a centre somewhere else not on this list.

The opening of facilities and their location will be widely communicated to the community at the time.

How to Obtain Information in an Emergency

 

The following documents are available: