Westland Weather Event – March 2019
Media Update 8
28 March 2019 1635 hours
West Coast Severe Weather Event
A state of emergency will remain in place overnight for the Westland District due to the effects of the severe weather event and will be reassessed tomorrow morning at 0900 hours.
There is another incoming heavy rain front expected to arrive overnight Sunday 31 March and continue into Monday morning 1 April. Metservice has advised a rain warning may be issued for Westland south of Otira and a watch may be issued for northern Westland and Buller.
Current roads still affected:
- SH6 Franz to Fox – Closed until Waiho bridge can be replaced, expected to take one week to ten days.
- SH6 Hokitika to Franz – Open one lane in several places
- SH6 Fox to Haast – Open one lane in several places
- SH6 Haast to Makarora – Open one lane in places (Haast Pass)
- SH73 Arthurs Pass to Jacksons – Kelly’s Creek – open
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.
- Power has been restored to Waiho Flat Road in Franz Josef. Power is unlikely to be restored in Haast tomorrow (Friday 29 March).
- Power still remains off to Dorothy Falls Road due to power pole washout.
- A generator has arrived at Haast to power the water treatment plant until power is fully restored. Water restriction remains in place until 3pm Friday 29 March.
West Coast Regional Council is conducting temporary engineering repairs to cut off the channels currently flooding the Franz Josef Airstrip, and protect properties on the south bank of the Waiho River. This will continue until the end of tomorrow. WCRC will continue discussions with all stakeholders as to the long-term protection of the community.
Cellphone coverage has been restored to Fox Glacier. Bridging Fibre Optic cable across Waiho river to re-establish communication should be in place by end of day tomorrow.
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.
This will be the last media release for West Coast Civil Defence for this event, to keep up to date with the latest information check www.westcoastemergency.govt.nz and Facebook.
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