Rain Event - March 2019

See below for our latest media release. 

 

Media Update 7

28 March 2019 0945 hours

 

West Coast Severe Weather Event

A state of emergency remains in place for the Westland District due to the effects of the severe weather event.

The West Coast Emergency Co-ordination Centre (ECC) and Westland Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will remain operational today.

Residents who are concerned about flooded properties should contact the Westland District Council to arrange an assessment.

With the opening of the State Highway network all travellers who were delayed in Fox Glacier, Haast or Franz Josef have now made their way out of the affected areas.

Current roads still affected:

  • SH6 Franz to Fox – Closed – (Bridge washout) Situation update 9:00am 28 March
  • SH6 Hokitika to Franz – Open one lane in places
  • SH6 Fox to Haast – Open one lane in places
  • SH6 Haast to Makarora – Open one lane in places (Haast Pass)
  • SH 73 Arthurs Pass to Jacksons - Kelly’s Creek – Closed – update at 12 noon 28 March

 

Motorists are urged to take care, as there will be standing water and debris on the highway in places, and work crews attending to clean-up and repair work. Also, be aware that new slips may develop following this large rainfall event.

NZTA is advising drivers to check the NZ Transport Agency Journey website www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz or calling 0800 44 44 49 for 24/7 road condition information on closures or delays.

The forecast is for fine  weather for the next two days.

Some power disruptions at Haast and inland from Hokitika are ongoing. WestPower are aware of these and are working to restore power as soon as possible. Please treat all power wires as live at all times.

A Community Information Centre has been established at Hokitika iSite to assist with any displaced residents and tourists. Please contact the Westland District Community Information Centre at the Hokitika iSite on 0800 474 834 for support.

Fiber and phone lines south of Franz Josef have been severely disrupted. Chorus have advised they are working to restore vital communications.

West Coast Civil Defence wishes to advise all members of the public that all emergency services are actively responding to this event. If you have any serious concerns please call 111.

The District Councils will be updating their Websites and Facebook pages periodically to keep local communities up to date with the latest information. Civil Defence West Coast will also be providing information at www.facebook.com/emergencywestcost and www.westcoastemergency.govt.nz

Next press release will be due at 1600 hrs

 

Media Update 6

27 March 2019 1600 hours

 

West Coast Severe Weather Event

A state of emergency remains in place for the Westland District due to the effects of the severe weather event. Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi visited the Westland District this morning to assess the damage.

The West Coast Emergency Co-ordination Centre (ECC) and Westland Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will remain operational throughout the day.

We continue to monitor the weather across the region. Residents who are concerned about flooded properties should contact the Westland District Council to arrange an assessment

With the opening of the State Highway network all travellers who were delayed in Fox Glacier, Haast or Franz Joseph have now made their way out of the affected areas.

Current roads affected:

  • SH6 Franz to Fox – Closed – (Bridge washout) Situation update 9:00am 28 March
  • SH6 Hokitika to Franz – Open one lane in places
  • SH6 Fox to Haast – Open one lane in places
  • SH6 Haast to Makarora – Open one lane in places (Haast Pass)
  • SH73 Otira to Jacksons – Open with delays (Arthurs Pass)
  • SH73 Jacksons to Kumara – Open one lane in places

 

Motorists are urged to take care, as there will be standing water and debris on the highway in places, and work crews attending to clean-up and repair work. Also, be aware that new slips may develop following this large rainfall event.Further journey information is available from http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/12

The forecast is looking fine for the next few days

Some power disruptions at Haast and inland from Hokitika are ongoing. Transpower are aware of these and are working to restore power as soon as possible. Please treat all power wires as live at all times.

A Community Information Centre has been established at Hokitika iSite to assist with any displaced residents and tourists.

Fiber and phone lines south of Franz Josef have been severely disrupted. Chorus have advised they are working to restore vital communications.

West Coast Civil Defence wishes to advise all members of the public that all emergency services are actively responding to this event. If you have any serious concerns please call 111, or contact the Westland District Community Information Centre at the Hokitika iSite on 0800 474 834 for support.

The District Councils will be updating their Websites and Facebook pages periodically to keep local communities up to date with the latest information. Civil Defence West Coast will also be providing information at www.facebook.com/emergencywestcost and www.westcoastemergency.govt.nz

NZTA is advising drivers to check the NZ Transport Agency Journey website www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz or calling 0800 44 44 49 for 24/7 road condition information on closures or delays.

 

Next Press release will be due at 0945 hrs

 

Media Update 5

27 March 2019 1300 hours

 

West Coast Severe Weather Event

A state of emergency remains in place for the Westland District due to the effects of the severe weather event. Minister of Civil Defence Kris Faafoi arrived in Hokitika this morning, and will be visiting various locations in Westland throughout the day.

The West Coast Emergency Co-ordination Centre (ECC) and Westland Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) will remain operational throughout the day.

We continue to monitor river levels across the region. The weather event is moving north across the region.

Current roads affected:

• Here is the West Coast Roads update:
• SH6 Hokitika to Franz – open one lane in places
• SH6 Franz to Fox – closed – situation update 9:00am 28 March 
• SH6Fox to Haast – open one lane in places
• SH6 Haast to Makarora – open one lane in places
• SH73 Otira to Jacksons – closed update 2:00pm
• SH73 Jacksons to Kumara – open one lane in places
• SH6 Coast road is now open

The forecast is looking fine for the next few days

Some power disruptions at Haast and inland from Hokitika are ongoing. Transpower are aware of these and are working to restore power as soon as possible.

A Community Information Centre has been established at Hokitika iSite to assist with any displaced residents and tourists.

Fiber and phone lines south of Franz Josef have been severely disrupted. Chorus have advised they are working to restore vital communications.

West Coast Civil Defence wishes to advise all members of the public that all emergency services are actively responding to this event. If you have any serious concerns please call 111, or contact the Westland District Community Information Centre at the Hokitika iSite on 0800 474 834 for support.

The District Councils will be updating their Websites and Facebook pages periodically to keep local communities up to date with the latest information. Civil Defence West Coast will also be providing information at 

www.facebook.com/emergencywestcost and www.westcoastemergency.co.nz

NZTA is advising drivers to check the NZ Transport Agency Journey website www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz or calling 0800 44 44 49 for 24/7 road condition information on closures or delays.

Next Press release will be due at 1600 hrs.

Media contact
Andy Thompson| Public Information Manager | West Coast Emergency Management Group |
0212234343

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Severe Weather Alert:  Rain Event

Press release No4

Latest Update:

There is a raised risk to life and injury for local residents and further risk to property, and accordingly the Mayor Bruce Smith has declared a State of Emergency for the Westland District.

The Waiho Bridge has been completed destroyed.  NZTA will be assessing how to reinstate the Highway following this disastrous event. The ECC will be assessing the need for a controlled evacuation on the South Side of the Waiho River.

There has been minor breaches from the Haast River into some properties, and accordingly a Welfare Centre has been opened in the Haast Hall.  Displaced persons are advised to go to the Welfare Centre in the Haast Hall for assistance.

There is localised flooding at Palmers Creek, south side of the Arahura River. The Blue Spur Road is currently impassable in places.

SH6 is closed from Hokitika to Makarora with a slip at Douglas Falls in the Haast Pass, yet to be assessed.

SH73 – the road is now closed at Candy’s Creek at Arthurs Pass.

The carpark at the Hokitika Gorge has been temporarily CLOSED.

Ritchies Bus Services have suspended all bus services tomorrow (Wednesday) for the whole of the West Coast.

Road closures are available on the NZTA Website at http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/roadclosures/250772?layers=road-closures

We strongly encourage all members of our communities to keep up to date with the latest developments regarding this significant weather system which can be found at http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings.

ENDS

Dated at Hokitika this day 26th day of March 2019.

Time:  6.05 pm.

Next Update:  after 8.00 pm.

For further information, please contact:

 

This is the last media release from Westland EOC PIM for the evening.  The PIM information management enquiries now need to be directed to the GROUP ECC at 021 223 4343 until 8.00 am tomorrow morning.

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Severe Weather Alert:  Rain Event

Press release No3

Westland District Council has activated its Emergency Operations Centre in the Council Offices. 

Latest Update:

SH 6 - Hokitika to Makarora – road is CLOSED.

Road closures are available on the NZTA Website at http://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/roadclosures/250772?layers=road-closures

Heavy rain continues with significant falls in South Westland. 

All rivers are running high.  Many have reached alarm levels.  We are continuing to monitor them and will ensure preparations for emergency actions.

Localised flooding on the South Turnbull Road, Okuru and also south of the Arawhata Bridge.  Self-evacuation of dwellings immediately south of the bridge. Work is continuing with contractors to assist with road management.

Take care on all local roads with a lot of flooding.

The road to the Hokitika Gorge is now CLOSED.

Beach Road and the freedom camping site at Kakapotahi is CLOSED.

South Westland Area School is CLOSED today.

Prepositioning of equipment and staff across the Westland district is underway.

We strongly encourage all members of our communities to keep up to date with the latest developments regarding this significant weather system which can be found at http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Severe Weather Alert:  Rain Event

Press release No2

Westland District Council has activated its Emergency Operations Centre in the Council Offices. 

Latest Update:

  • The Fox Hills are currently CLOSED with two slips at the Omoeroa Bluffs.The Fox Hills will be closed overnight until 8.00 am on Wednesday 27 March.

  • Significant surface flooding in some locations.Water is over the road at Lake Wahapo, south of Whataroa.This area is on a 30km per hour speed restriction.Westroads are monitoring the situation.

  • Minor surface flooding at Haast.

  • River levels continue to rise across the region, this will continue to be monitored.

  • The intensity is expected to increase during the day, with the event expected to dissipate early tomorrow morning.

  • South Westland Area School is CLOSED today.

Prepositioning of equipment and staff across the Westland district is underway.

We strongly encourage all members of our communities to keep up to date with the latest developments regarding this significant weather system which can be found at http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings.

The Westland District Council will liaise with relevant agencies today.  Staff will also continue to monitor the situation for any further developments.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Severe Weather Alert:  Rain Event

Press release No1

Westland District Council has activated its Emergency Operations Centre in the Council Offices.  An agency briefing with emergency services and support agencies will be held at 8.00 am on 26th March.

Current situation:

  • The Fox Hills are currently CLOSED with two slips at the Omoeroa Bluffs.

  • Significant surface flooding in some locations.Water is over the road at Lake Wahapo, south of Whataroa.

  • River levels continue to rise across the region, this will continue to be monitored.

  • The intensity is expected to increase during the day, with the event expected to dissipate early tomorrow morning.

Prepositioning of equipment and staff across the Westland district is underway.

We strongly encourage all members of our communities to keep up to date with the latest developments regarding this significant weather system which can be found at http://www.metservice.com/warnings/severe-weather-warnings.

The Westland District Council will liaise with relevant agencies today.  Staff will also continue to monitor the situation for any further developments.

We recommend that people start to take some preparedness measures for themselves and their property if they have not already done so:

  • Avoid travelling through the District unless necessary.

  • Stay informed on weather updates. Listen to your local radio stations; check Facebook pages as civil defence authorities will be updating the most appropriate advice for your community and situation.

  • Put your household emergency plan into action and check your getaway kit in case you have to leave in a hurry.

  • If the wind becomes destructive, stay away from doors and windows and shelter further inside the house.

  • Water supplies can be affected so it is a good idea to store drinking water in containers and fill bathtubs and sinks with water.

  • Don't walk around outside and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

ENDS

Dated at Hokitika this day 26th day of March 2019.

Time 07:15 am

For further information, please contact:

 

Diane Maitland – Public Information Officer Westland Civil Defence

027 204 0543

wdc.pim@westcoast.govt.nz

 

Summary: 
Westland District Council has activated its Emergency Operations Centre in the Council Offices.