Quakes and storm close roads
Sheep wait to be rescued from floodwaters at Koromiko near Picton this afternoon
Several roads have been closed in Marlborough tonight as heavy rain falls a day after the region was hit by a 6.5 earthquake
Every house in Seddon township had been checked by Marlborough District Council building inspectors by 5pm tonight.They report that very few houses are uninhabitable although residents have been advised to leave five properties and barrier tapes have been put around them.
At least a dozen chimneys have come down.
The Fire Service spent much of the day securing chimneys but the high winds eventually brought their work to a standstill.
Search and Rescue and fire service staff have visited many rural houses in the wider Awatere area and they report damage of a severity similar to Seddon township.
The Welfare Centre at the Seddon School will be open again tonight and five people are expected to spend the night there.
Marama Rd, about 10km from the township, is closed tonight by surface flooding as water is released from the Haldon Dam.
The council decided earlier today on safety grounds to reduce the dam’s water level by 4 metres. It is a controlled release but a spokesman said there had been some spillover from the channel which is taking the water to the Starborough Creek.
Heavy rain in Marlborough today has also closed two roads; Old Renwick Road and Omaka Road, between Blenheim and Renwick, are both closed due to flooding.
Motorists are advised to check the NZTA website before travelling.
Drivers are discouraged from driving in the hours of darkness. Those who need to travel on SH1 are advised to take extreme care due to slips and uneven surfaces in places.
Roading contractors are out on the roads this evening, continuing to clear slips.
- The Marlborough Express