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Flooding Update

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Flooding update

Flooding affected many areas in Marlborough following heavy rainfall this morning: Rai Valley, Havelock, Canvastown, Norhtbank and the Marlborough Sounds have been particularly hard hit.

Many road are closed and could remain so for several days.

Power is out in many areas and may take until tomorrow to be fully restored

Rainfall is: Rainfall has eased and the worst is over. This will mean smaller rivers and streams flood levels should now decrease.

The Wairau River has experienced a large flood which is expected to peak around 5pm this evening. Affected land owners have been advised of this.

District Council will continue to monitor the current weather event which is now largely complete They will continue to monitor the restoration of roading, power and utilities.

Havelock residents are urged to conserve water until power is restored and the reservoir can be refilled.

In Havelock there have been sewage overflows and residents should avoid walking in contaminated areas. Personal hygiene (hand washing) should be given emphasis.

River level and rainfall information can be checked on the Marlborough District Council website. http://www.marlborough.govt.nz/Environment/Rivers-and-Wetlands/Flows-and-Levels.aspx

Roading situation

Drivers are urged to drive to the conditions and be alert to the potential of unmarked surface flooding on roads throughout the district. Roads currently closed (in whole or in part) include - State Highway 6 from Renwick to Nelson, Northbank Road, Kenepuru Road, Moetapu Bay Road, Queen Charlotte Drive, Port Underwood Road, French Pass Road / Croisselles, Wakamarina Road, Tunakino Valley Road, Kotuku Road, Long Valley Road, Penzance to Duncan Bay, Opouri Road

Further information look up Marlborough Roads website http://www.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/current-conditions/highway-info/road/8373/south-island.html Residents affected Residents are asked to stay at home wherever possible Welfare centres have been set up in the affected areas. Havelock School Welfare - if anyone is requiring welfare please contact: 03 574 2106

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