Civil Defence Update

0930 09/11/18

Update from the Westland District Council Emergency Operations Centre
State Highway 6 from Hokitika to Fox Glacier is CLOSED due to surface flooding until further notice. Update 3pm.

NZTA have advised that SH73 Jacksons to Springfield is CLOSED due to a washout on the Goat Creek Bridge east of Otira. Update 5pm.

Some local roads are currently closed due to surface flooding but are expected to open this morning as the flooding recedes.

Please watch the NZTA Website for any developments at…/roadclosures/232667…

The Hokitika River has receded and is currently at first alarm level and dropping The Wahio and Haast rivers are also receding after hitting first level alarms yesterday
All major West Coast rivers are being monitored closely.

There is still potential for localised surface flooding around Hokitika township and additional mobile pumps are in place.
There was some localised flooding in Hokitika last night, but there were no evacuations.

The public are advised to take care if travelling on the roads and further updates will be provided on

South Westland Area School and Kokatahi/Kowhitirangi School will remain closed today,
If you need help, please contact Westland District Council on 0800 474 834 or 0275670291 if you require emergency assistance call 111

0930 09/11/18: Road closures and river conditions