While the weather system that bought the heavy rain overnight is moving from the area, there will be further isolated bursts of rain as the day progresses. People should take the opportunity to clear the stormwater grates near their properties. Leaves and other debris carried by earlier heavy rain could hamper the system’s ability to operate properly if left blocked.Read the full post
Nelson Tasman Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group (CDEM) has today published comprehensive tsunami evacuation maps for the entire region.
online maps, which are also being produced by civil defence groups around the country for their respective regions, identify risk areas and explain the expected evacuation zones in the event of a tsunami.
Nelson Tasman CDEM Group Controller, Roger Ball, says the maps are intended to act as a guide for residents about what areas could be affected should there be a threat of tsunami.
“It’s about being prepared and understanding the risk to your local community. It will help prepare residents on how to react effectively in an emergency.
“While our region as a whole is less exposed to tsunami risks than other parts of New Zealand, it is still important to be prepared.”
He says the maps will assist Nelson Tasman CDEM to work with local communities to identify evacuation routes, signage and public alerting options going forward.
“We are also heading out into the community to discuss and refine the emergency response plans for different local communities, allowing each of them to be better prepared in the event of a tsunami,” he says.
The maps are based on information from a study by GNS Science in 2014, jointly commissioned by Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council.
Those interested in learning more about the tsunami risk and evacuation maps are invited to attend one of the public meetings that will be held throughout the region in May.
Public meetings in Tasman
Wednesday 4 May, 4.30 – 5.40pm, Motueka Community Board meeting, Motueka Service Centre, Hickmott Place, Motueka
Saturday 7 May, 1.30 – 3.30pm, Club Waimea, Queen Street, Richmond
Monday 9 May, 7-8pm, Mapua, Mapua Hall
Tuesday 10 May, 10 – 11am, Golden Bay Community Board meeting, Takaka Fire Station;
6.30 – 8.30pm, Kaiteriteri Campground, Kaiteriteri
Public meetings in Nelson
Wednesday 3 May, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Nelson North, Nelson North Country Club, Wakapuaka
Saturday 7 May, 10am – 12pm, Nelson Central, Tahuna Function Centre, Tahuna Campground
To view the tsunami evacuation maps and for more information on what do in a tsunami go to nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz
Note: website will be live on Wednesday 27 April 2016.
Metservice has issued a Severe Weather Warning for heavy rain for Northwest Nelson (west of Motueka)Read the full post
While the skies clearing and rain receding the majority of rivers are dropping in the Tasman District, however, it will be at least mid-morning before rivers recede to safe levels. There is still a large amount of surface flooding throughout the Riwaka and Golden Bay areas causing road closures and the need for care.Read the full post
Significant rainfall overnight has caused flooding to parts of the Tasman District.
Flooding has occurred in the Riwaka township area, with a small number of homes being evacuated due to the Riwaka River flooding. Police and the fire service are assisting affected residents. Residents are being directed initially to the carpark of the Riwaka Hotel.
A Civil Defence Centre is on standby in Motueka to be opened if required. The Civil Defence response team is onsite at Riwaka to assist emergency services.
A helicopter has been arranged by Tasman District Council for first light to survey the effects of the rain.
SH60 has been closed at Riwaka, and also between Upper Takaka and Collingwood due to the flooding.
The weather forecast is for rain easing and the situation is expected to improve this morning.
Flooding on the North Branch of the Riwaka River has been a 50 year event. Flooding on the South Branch of the Riwaka River has been a 20 year event. Rivers appear to have peaked but will take some time to flow through.
The regional Civil Defence Emergency Operations Centre is monitoring the situation and coordinating with emergency services.
Calls to Councils may increase with daylight hours, once people are able to see damage or impacts. Please be patient if there are delays getting through. If there is an emergency situation then please call 111.