Cyclone Gabrielle Update: Wednesday 1 March

Cyclone Gabrielle recovery support

Information on support is available to those that have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle is available online at Wellington Region Emergency Management Office [WREMO].

WREMO’s Cyclone Gabrielle Recovery Support page has links to information and guidance on mental health and wellbeing, financial assistance, and other response information.

Visit wremo.nz/cyclone-gabrielle-recovery-support for more information.

 

Cyclone Gabrielle Update: Friday 22 February

Cyclone Gabrielle recovery grants and funding

Financial support is available to farmers, growers, whenua Māori entities and rural communities significantly affected by Cyclone Gabrielle. Visit the Ministry of Primary Industries website for further information.

 

Mayoral Relief Fund

Wairarapa mayors have opened a Relief Fund in response to the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle. Donations to the Wairarapa Mayoral Relief Fund can be made to 03-0687-0271682-03, using the donation reference ‘WAISTORM’. Eligibility criteria and the application process will be posted on Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa District Council websites when finalised.

The Hon Kieran McAnulty, Minister for Emergency Management, has announced a Government contribution of $75,000 [excluding GST] towards a joint Wairarapa Mayoral Relief Fund.

Carterton Mayor Hon. Ron Mark welcomed the boost to the Fund.

“It remains crucial that people and organisations can support Wairarapa folk who have been devastated by this cyclone, and that there is confidence that the funds that they donate, will be used fairly, wisely and impartially.

“My Mayoral colleagues and I will determine where the priorities are, and who will receive funding, based on the cyclone’s impact and the needs of our local communities.

“I welcome the contribution from central Government and the Minister, who knows the area so well. I look forward to future support from central Government as our communities look to rebuild and restore from the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle.”

“Our Rural Advisory Group will act as a link into Council for Carterton’s rural community. It will provide quality and timely advice on rural matters, which is especially important during challenging times.”

 


 

Cyclone Gabrielle Update: Wednesday 22 February

Street light outages

We have received service requests regarding street lighting outages in Carterton. We are in constant contact with our provider Mercury Energy regarding the issues. However, PowerCo, who make their repairs on Mercury’s behalf, are currently prioritising restoring services and safeguarding Tinui, Hawke’s Bay and other areas affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.

We have a record of each request, but it may be a little while longer than planned to repair any street light issues at this time. Please contact us if you see any street lights outages, so we can pass a record on as soon they are available again.

Please call 06 379 4030 or visit cdc.govt.nz/service-request to report issues.

 

Mayoral Relief Fund

Wairarapa mayors have opened a Relief Fund in response to the impacts of Cyclone Gabrielle. Donations to the Wairarapa Mayoral Relief Fund can be made to 03-0687-0271682-03, using the donation reference ‘WAISTORM’. Eligibility criteria and the application process will be posted on Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa District Council websites when finalised.

Cyclone Gabrielle Update: last updated Sat 18 Feb 10am

𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁’𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴?
We have some of our council staff giving up their time this weekend to help out in the Wairarapa Emergency Operations Centre, as there is still a big need for help in areas such as Tinui. Minister Kieran McAnulty MP popped in before heading out to Tinui with Masterton Mayor Gary Caffell.
𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱𝘀
🚗 At this stage most of our roads are open, however, please avoid unnecessary travel to the coast. Some roads are still only accessible by 4WD and for essential travel only. If you’re in the road, you may be in the way! For all the up to date info visit https://cdc.govt.nz/cyclone-gabrielle-update/
𝗧𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗼 𝗺𝗮𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽
🧑‍🦱Please help us spread then messages to those who may not have contact with so we can provide support to those who need it.
☎️We’re urging those with welfare issues relating accommodation, food, or other needs because of the severe weather to call 0800 CD WAIRARAPA (0800 239 247).
Rural farmers can contact the Rural Support Trust through their Facebook page Rural Support Trust – Wairarapa
💲 If you and your family have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, you may be able to get a Civil Defence Payment. Call 0800 400 100. Open 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm Saturday and 8am – 1pm on Sunday. Visit the website for information about the Civil Defence Payment: bit.ly/3Cqttgq
𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗱𝗼𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗼𝗻’𝘁𝘀
🙏 Regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle have been inundated with your generous donations and offers of help, and we are keen to make sure your donations can make the biggest difference possible. But some areas are getting inundated with unneeded donations and no resources to sort and store them. Please only donate goods if you know a specific community has asked for them, otherwise the best help people can give is their 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 (Larger organisations such as the Red Cross, Student Volunteer Army etc. will be organising clean-up support and other measures once we have a clearer idea of what is going on) or 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱𝘀 https://givealittle.co.nz/…/cyclone-gabrielle-community…
Wairarapa Marae and Iwi have pulled together a drive to support out Dannevirke and Hawkes Bay people. They are working closely with Civil Defence in order to get these items to the places that are needed as roads are still closed and the advice is no travel unless you are an essential service.

Cyclone Gabrielle Update: 9:30am Friday 17 February

𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝗖𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀
Kaiwhata Road open as of 4:30pm
Waiohine Gorge Road open as of 4:30pm
Clean up crews are at both locations this morning.
Please continue to report slips/flooding at cdc.govt.nz/service-request or calling 06 3794030
𝗥𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲
Upper Hutt Community Rescue carried out welfare checks in Tinui and Whareama yesterday and will be operating in Carterton and South Wairarapa today.
FENZ and Rural Support Trust – Wairarapa are also involved in welfare visits across Wairarapa.
We’re happy to confirm power has been restored to Flat Point and we are in contact with residents there who are safe and well.
We have flyers available on our website – cdc.govt.nz/documents – to give guidance on how to clean up after a flood and what to do with deceased livestock.
We’re urging those with welfare issues relating accommodation, food, or other needs because of the severe weather to call 0800 CD WAIRARAPA (0800 239 247).
Rural farmers can contact the Rural Support Trust through their Facebook page Rural Support Trust – Wairarapa
If you and your family have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, you may be able to get a Civil Defence Payment. Call 0800 400 100. Open 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm Saturday and 8am – 1pm on Sunday. Visit the website for information about the Civil Defence Payment: bit.ly/3Cqttgq
𝗗𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽
Please check on your friends, whānau and neighbours who may not be connected online and ask them to call the welfare number if they need assistance due to the floods. This will help us connect with our remote and hard to reach communities.
Regions affected by Cyclone Gabrielle have been inundated with your generous donations and offers of help, and we are keen to make sure your donations can make the biggest difference possible. Please only donate goods if you know a specific community has asked for them, otherwise the best help people can give is their 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 (Larger organisations such as the Red Cross, Student Volunteer Army etc. will be organising clean-up support and other measures once we have a clearer idea of what is going on)
or 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗱𝘀
Wairarapa Marae and Iwi have pulled together a drive to support out Dannevirke and Hawkes Bay people. They are working closely with Civil Defence in order to get these items to the places that are needed as roads are still closed and the advice is no travel unless you are an essential service. We have attached an image below with more information below.
𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝘄𝗵𝗮̄𝗻𝗮𝘂 𝗶𝗻 𝗚𝗶𝘀𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲, 𝗪𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗼𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝘂𝘁-𝗼𝗳𝗳 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘀
Some connectivity has been set up in these areas, however, it is still patchy and only available at certain locations (e.g if a Starlink satellite is set up in a town hall, they must go there to use it).
Police urge people to try their usual methods of communication first, whether that’s a phone number, email, social media or a pre-planned emergency meeting place. When all means of contact have been exhausted, anyone with genuine concerns for a person’s safety is asked to provide as much information as possible via the 105 online form – https://forms.police.govt.nz/person-inquired-for
Police will use that information to make further enquiries, as and when able.
Those with online access can let police know they’re safe by submitting their details here – https://forms.police.govt.nz/im-alive
We’re trying to establish if there are any other official systems set up to locate your loved ones and provide an update when we have one.

 

 

 

Donations

Aotearoa has really turned up for each other over these last few weeks. Ka mau te wehi! Regions that have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle have been inundated with your generous donations and offers of help, and we are keen to make sure we can make the biggest difference possible. For a lot of areas, people on the ground are still working out what needs to happen. Once there’s more information about what’s going on, larger organisations like New Zealand Red Cross and the Student Volunteer Army etc. will be organizing clean up support and other measures. Get in touch with relevant groups to see if you are able to register with them or donate.

More information on what to, and what not to, donate is available on WREMO’s Facebook page: WREMO: DONATIONS & WAYS TO HELP

Wairarapa Emergency Operations Centre

The Wairarapa Emergency Operations Centre has activated. Their role is to work across councils and multiple organisations to coordinate a Wairarapa wide response to the flood. This includes gathering intel, providing communication, and assessing and providing welfare needs. Some of our staff will be helping out in the EOC in the next few days.

 

EOC update
  • They are in communication with the impacted communities in rural Carterton and South Wairarapa, through the Rural Support Trust Wairarapa.
  • There is currently a FENZ unit out at Te Kopi in Gladstone conducting a primary survey of the area.
  • The Upper Hutt Community Rescue team is in Masterton and the EOC is talking to them now about sending a response team to impacted areas in rural Carterton tomorrow [Friday 17th]. Once confirmed, they can ensure they take information on how to clean up after a flood and how to get help.
  • We’re still waiting to confirm whether Powerco has been able to get out to Flat Point but Council have been in contact with residents there.
  • FENZ are taking a 4X4 out to Flat Point this afternoon for reconnaissance. Will also be trying to get through Hinakura towards Pahaoa.
  • We have flyers available on our website [cdc.govt.nz/documents, or linked below] for rural residents to give guidance on how to clean up after a flood and what to do with deceased livestock.
  • We’re urging those with welfare issues relating accommodation, food, or other needs because of the severe weather to call 0800 CD WAIRARAPA (0800 239 247).
  • Rural farmers can contact the Rural Support Trust through their Facebook page @ruralsupporttrustwai
  • If you and your family have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle, you may be able to get a Civil Defence Payment. Call 0800 400 100. Open 7am – 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am – 5pm Saturday and 8am – 1pm on Sunday. Visit the website for information about the Civil Defence Payment [bit.ly/3Cqttgq].

 

Weather

  • Although the heavy rain warning has expired, some rain is still expected and ground conditions will be wet. Please continue to travel with extreme care.
  • The ground is already saturated from previous rainfall. Ponding and surface flooding may appear faster than usual. Rivers and streams may rise quickly.
  • Driving conditions may not be favourable. Consider delaying travel, and if you must travel, please take extra care on the roads.
  • Continue to ensure gutters and drains are clear. If there are any issues with council managed drains, please contact your local council.
  • Keep an eye on the weather and visit www.metservice.com/warnings/home for the latest updates.
  • We will continue to provide updates and advice as needed.

River levels may be high. You can check these online on Greater Wellington Regional Council’s maps website [https://mapping.gw.govt.nz/GW/RiverLevels]

 

Road Closures

  • Kaiwhata Road CLOSED

 

Factsheets

 


 

Cyclone Gabrielle Update: 9am, Thursday 16 February

MetService NewZealand has issued a Heavy Rain Warning for the Wairarapa and eastern hills of Wellington until 12pm today.

Around 80 to 100 mm of rain is expected to accumulate with peak rates of 10 to 20mm/h.

  • The ground is already saturated from previous rainfall. Ponding and surface flooding may appear faster than usual. Rivers and streams may rise quickly.
  • Driving conditions may not be favourable. Consider delaying travel, and if you must travel, please take extra care on the roads.
  • Continue to ensure gutters and drains are clear. If there are any issues with council managed drains, please contact your local council.

Keep an eye on the weather and visit www.metservice.com/warnings/home for the latest updates. We will continue to provide updates and advice as needed.

River levels may be high. You can check these online on Greater Wellington Regional Council’s maps website [https://mapping.gw.govt.nz/GW/RiverLevels]

Road Closures

  • Kaiwhata Road CLOSED
  • Kokotau Road OPEN
  • Dalefield Road OPEN
  • Te Wharau Road [UNSEALED SECTION]: OPEN TO 4 X 4 VEHICLES AND RESIDENTS ONLY [ESSENTIAL TRAVEL ONLY EXTREME CAUTION REQUIRED]

 

Cyclone Gabrielle Update: 5pm, Wednesday 15 February

MetService NewZealand has issued a Heavy Rain Warning for the Wairarapa and eastern hills of Wellington from 10pm tonight until 6pm tomorrow. 80 to 100 mm of rain is expected to accumulate with peak rates of 10 to 20mm/h.

  • The ground is already saturated from previous rainfall. Ponding and surface flooding may appear faster than usual. Rivers and streams may rise quickly.
  • Driving conditions may not be favourable. Consider delaying travel, and if you must travel, please take extra care on the roads.
  • Continue to ensure gutters and drains are clear. If there are any issues with council managed drains, please contact your local council.

Keep an eye on the weather and visit www.metservice.com/warnings/home for the latest updates. We will continue to provide updates and advice as needed.

Road Closures

  • Te Kopi Road is flooded. There is signage up and there is access for Te Kopi residents only, and only for essential travel. All other people should avoid this road. Extreme caution required.
  • Kokotau Road CLOSED from Tiffins Road (Please also note that Te Whiti road is closed at the Masterton end so please do not redirect that way)
  • Te Wharau Road  – gravel section now open to residents and 4WD vehicles for essential travel only use if necessary and extreme caution is required.
  • Te Whiti Road now open at the Carterton boundary but closed at the Masterton boundary
  • Dalefield Road NOW OPEN
  • Kaiwhata Road -extreme caution required, essential travel for residents and 4WD only
  • Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Wellington is not reporting any issues with the Wellington State Highway network. However, further north outside of our region, conditions remain hazardous on many roads which remain open, and several state highways further north are closed.

What Council is doing

Our contractor’s working plan is below.

  • Clearing the slip and trees on Te Wharau Road, the job is still progressing, and will give you an update later this afternoon.
  • Contractors and roading inspectors are monitoring the network assets including drainage, pavement, etc which were damaged by Cyclone Gabrielle. They are concentrating mainly on our East coast roads.
  • Drainage clearing in the towns.
  • Closely monitoring the water level on Gladstone bridge, (near the Hotel). The water level is high, however, at the moment, we are not closing the bridge.
  • Contractors will analyse the damage on Kaiwhata Road and will start working later today or early tomorrow.
  • Clearing the slips, flooding, and inspecting the damages on the road from Clifton Grove to Pahao Road.

 


 

Cyclone Gabrielle Update: 10:30am Wednesday 15 February

𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆 𝟭𝟱 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆
𝟭𝟬:𝟯𝟬𝗮𝗺 𝘂𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲
@MetServiceNewZealand has issued a Heavy Rain Warning for the Wairarapa and eastern hills of Wellington from 10pm tonight until 6pm tomorrow.
80 to 100 mm of rain is expected to accumulate with peak rates of 10 to 20mm/h.
• The ground is already saturated from previous rainfall. Ponding and surface flooding may appear faster than usual. Rivers and streams may rise quickly.
• Driving conditions may not be favourable. Consider delaying travel, and if you must travel, please take extra care on the roads.
• Continue to ensure gutters and drains are clear. If there are any issues with council managed drains, please contact your local council.
Keep an eye on the weather and visit https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home for the latest updates.
We will continue to provide updates and advice as needed.
𝟵𝗮𝗺 𝘂𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲
The Strong Wind Warning and Heavy Rain Warning have been lifted for the region. The Heavy Swell Warning is still in place for the Wairarapa.
There are many road closures across Wairarapa as the eastern and coastal communities have been impacted by the cyclone. If you are travelling to Masterton or South Wairarapa, please check their council pages for up to date road closures
People in affected communities are asked to:

🙋 please check on any vulnerable neighbours to make sure they are OK.

🏘 if you need to leave your home, please head to local family or friends in the first instance where you can.

⛑ Call 0800 239 247 if you need support.

🚗𝗖𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿𝘁𝗼𝗻 𝗿𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀:

Kokotau Road closed from Tiffins Road (Please also note that Te Whiti road is closed at the Masterton end so please do not redirect that way)

Te Wharau Road from Westmere Road

Dalefield Road NOW OPEN
Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency Wellington is not reporting any issues with the Wellington State Highway network. However, further north outside of our region, conditions remain hazardous on many roads which remain open, and several state highways further north are closed. https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/
It’s still raining out there so we encourage people to:
🌳Watch out for downed trees, landslips and surface flooding
🚗Drive to the conditions
☎Report any downed trees, slips or flooding to us at https://cdc.govt.nz/service-request/
🌧Keep up to date with the latest from MetService New Zealand at https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home for the latest.
𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 💧⚠
Surface flooding on roads, slips, drinking water and wastewater issues (including after hours) 06 379 4030 or log a service request here https://cdc.govt.nz/service-request/
Power lines 0800 769 372
Electricity 0800 272727
River and Stream Hazards 0800 496 734e
Fire or immediate threat to life call 111

Cyclone Gabrielle Update: 4.30pm, Tuesday 14 February

 

Road Closures

  • DALEFIELD ROAD CLOSED FROM LINCOLN ROAD TO THOMAS ROAD
  • TE WHARAU ROAD CLOSED FROM WESTMERE ROAD.
Other major roads
  • State Highway 2 at Remutaka Hill is currently assessed as unlikely to close due to wind, but could be closed if there are slips.
  • Saddle Road is closed in Manawatu. Pahiatua Track currently open. We are watching this due to the vulnerability of these routes along with Remutaka Hill as access routes to Wairarapa.

 

Weather Update

 

Who to Call

  • Surface flooding on roads, slips, drinking water and wastewater issues (including after hours) 06 379 4030 or log a service request here.
  • Power lines 0800 769 372
  • Electricity 0800 272727
  • River and Stream Hazards 0800 496 734
  • Fire or immediate threat to life call 111

 

Carterton’s Community Emergency Hub

Did you know In the event of a significant event, Carterton’s Community Emergency Hub operates out of the Carterton Events Centre on Holloway St? The Hub, will provide you with information so that our community knows how to help each other and stay safe. This is not running at this stage, however we will let you know if we reach the stage where this is needed.

 

 


 

Update: 12:45pm, Tuesday 14 February

🚗𝗥𝗼𝗮𝗱 𝗰𝗹𝗼𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲𝘀:
Te Wharau Road from Kaiwhata Road intersection
It has been reported that the water level on Ponatahi bridge is high – at this stage it remains open
At this stage all other roads are open but please only travel if necessary and take care of any surface flooding.
𝗔 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗘𝗺𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗰𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗱. 𝗗𝗼𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗪𝗮𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗮?
Although there’s a national state of emergency, Wairarapa is not included in it at this stage. It applies only to Northland, Auckland, Tairāwhiti, Bay of Plenty, Waikato, and Hawke’s Bay. A National State of Emergency gives the National Controller legal authority to apply resources across the country in support of a national level response.
𝗦𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗴𝘀

* If it is safe for you to do so, please visit our our Operations Yard on Holloway Street up until 𝟯𝗽𝗺, behind the public carpark near Carterton School.

* We have bags available for you to fill.

* Please check in at the gate [do not just drive through as this is a work area].

* You will be directed to the area where you can park your car and fill sandbags.

* We will reasonably limit how many bags each person can take to ensure people aren’t taking more than they need.
𝗪𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝘂𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲
We expect heavy rain to continue throughout the afternoon. Keep an eye on https://www.metservice.com/warnings/home for the latest updates and https://www.facebook.com/WREMOnz
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗲𝗹𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗻𝗲𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 𝗸𝗻𝗼𝘄

💩 We are monitoring our wastewater network which is coping under the current conditions. We have measures in place should the situation worse.

🚗 Our roading teams are constantly out inspecting roads and clearing slips to keep as much of the network safe and open as possible

🍁 Our teams have been out clearing culverts and drains where possible, however, we advise if you notice any drains around your property to be blocked to try and clear them or send us a service request https://cdc.govt.nz/service-request

𝗪𝗵𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗹 💧⚠
Surface flooding on roads, slips, drinking water and wastewater issues (including after hours) 06 379 4030 or log a service request here https://cdc.govt.nz/service-request/
Power lines 0800 769 372
Electricity 0800 272727
River and Stream Hazards 0800 496 734e
Fire or immediate threat to life call 111
🏠 Did you know In the event of a significant event, Carterton’s Community Emergency Hub operates out of the Carterton Events Centre on Holloway St? The Hub, will provide you with information so that our community knows how to help each other and stay safe. This is not running at this stage, however we will let you know if we reach the stage where this is needed.

 


 

Update: 10.30am, Tuesday 14 February

  • Carterton Library will CLOSE 2.30pm. At this stage our intention is to reopen Wednesday 15 February at 9.30am

 


 

Update: 7.30am, Tuesday 14 February

 

Roading & Services Update

  • No major issues reported on the network overnight.
  • Contractor checking to Glenburn Hill Road.
  • Crews are working in Carterton to clear flooding, including State Highway 2.
  • Carterton Library is OPEN
  • Carterton District Council office is OPEN

 

Sandbags

  • We will continue to provide sand and bags today [Tuesday 14 February], between 9am and 1pm. If it is safe for you to do so, please visit our our Operations Yard on Holloway Street, behind the public carpark near Carterton School.
  • We have bags available for you to fill.
  • Please check in at the gate [do not just drive through as this is a work area].
  • You will be directed to the area where you can park your car and fill sandbags.
  • We will reasonably limit how many bags each person can take to ensure people aren’t taking more than they need.

 


 

Update: 2.15pm, Monday 13 February

  • Strong wind warning from 5:00pm Monday 13 February to 12:00pm Tuesday 14 February
  • Heavy rain warning for Wairarapa from 12am to 3pm, Tuesday 14 February
  • East to southwest gales are forecast to become severe. Gusts reaching 120 km/h in exposed places
  • Expect 120 to 180 mm of rain about the ranges and eastern hills, and 80 to 120 mm in lower lying areas. Peak rates of 10 to 15 mm/h, but 20 to 30 mm/h overnight Monday about the ranges and eastern hills.

 

Sandbags

  • We will be providing access to fill your own sandbags today Monday 13 February, until 6pm, at our Operations Yard on Holloway Street, behind the public carpark near Carterton School.
  • We have bags available for you to fill.
  • Please check in at the gate [do not just drive through as this is a work area].
  • You will be directed to the area where you can park your car and fill sandbags.
  • We will reasonably limit how many bags each person can take to ensure people aren’t taking more than they need.
  • Please take extra care between 2:45pm and 3:30pm as this time is busy with after school pick ups at Carterton School.

 

What else do you need to do?

If you know your house or street is prone to flooding, get prepared now. If flooding occurs, Fire and Emergency may not be able to get to you. Council will be busy keeping core services and assets functioning [drinking water, wastewater and roading].

  • Create a plan in case access to your house is cut off, or you need to evacuate due to flooding or landslides. Share and practice that plan with your family.
  • Ensure you have a grab bag ready. Include key items like medication and warm clothing.
  • Have a plan for your pets and/or livestock.
  • Ensure drains and gutters are kept clear to help water drain away as quickly as possible!
  • Secure any outdoor items like wheelie bins, trampolines and outdoors furniture that may blow around.
  • Take extra care on the roads [especially for high-sided vehicles and motorcycles]

Visit the Met Service website and follow WREMO – Wellington Region Emergency Management Office  for the latest updates.

 

What is Council doing?

  • We already have plans in place and our internal Incident Management Team on standby, monitoring the situation over the weekend.
  • We have teams on call to respond to any potential slips, surface flooding, road closures etc. We have a regular maintenance schedule for clearing culverts and storm drains and have been checking problem areas.
  • We are in continuous contact with WREMO to ensure our staff and elected members are kept up to date with the latest info
  • We have put measures in place to ensure our key services such as urban drinking water and the provision of wastewater services continue to operate.

 

Who to call

For more info, visit cdc.govt.nz/emergency-management