Buller Emergency Operations Centre activated, road users warned

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Aug 15, 2022 |

The Buller Emergency Operations Centre has been activated in anticipation of bad weather.

Civil Defence Regional Director Claire Brown is asking people to keep up to date with the ongoing warnings that will be issued over the coming days.

“We are fully preparing for the coming weather event by formally activating the Emergency Operations Centre with a view of ramping operations up tomorrow.”

Buller District Council’s Infrastructure Services Team have instructed contractors to prepare drains and creeks, flood flaps, sewer pump stations, stormwater sites for pumping.

Sandbags are being delivered to residents.

NZTA said with more rain forecast for the top of the South Island this week, it’s urging road users to be alert and be prepared in case road closures occur.

The Metservice has issued a heavy rain warning for the Buller region, and the western areas of the Tasman district.

A heavy rain watch is also in force for Nelson, Tasman, and the Marlborough Sounds.

“All these areas have had a lot of rain this winter, increasing the risk of tree falls, slips, and rockfalls. More wet weather means more chances of such events occurring this week.

Contractors will be on call to fix problems. But road users need to be aware bad weather could create issues on the state highway network in these areas.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

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