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5th Apr: WDC - Flood Update (6.30am)
Published: 05 Apr 2017 - - Author: Newsroom

6.30 am Wednesday 5 April 2017

A state of emergency for Whanganui was declared at 6 pm on Tuesday 4 April.

Updated weather and evacuation information for Whanganui

An intense band of rain has now passed further to the north of Whanganui than expected.

Evacuations are still likely to take place, but later in the day.  A Civil Defence Emergency team is on standby.

The Civil Defence Emergency Management team will attend a conference call with the Regional Controller for further updates at 8 am.

By 10 am we expect to have the latest Metservice dataset and hydrology analysis on the weather.

If people wish to evacuate themselves we are advising them to check in with a Civil Defence Centre

Anyone who evacuates their home is asked to check in with a Civil Defence Centre, either in person, or by calling Whanganui District Council on 06 349 0001.

Two Civil Defence Centres are open:

  • St Paul’s Church in Guyton Street
  • Whanganui Girls College in Jones Street, Whanganui East

Safety and travel notices

If you do not need to evacuate, we recommend you stay home and avoid travel. Weather conditions are still cause for concern.

All Whanganui schools are closed today, Wednesday 5 April 2017.

There may be a number of other roads closed throughout our district due to surface flooding and slips. Please refer to www.nzta.govt.nz for more information on road conditions.

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