Flood updates: What you need to know

Last updated 16:29 23/04/2013

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LATEST: Nelson City and Tasman District Councils are continuing to respond to issues resulting from Sunday's downpour, while inspecting and assessing the damage.. 

The Welfare Centre in Richmond will close at 5pm today, but Civil Defence Emergency Management staff are still available at the Tasman District Council office in Queen St, Richmond to help anyone unable to cope on their own.

Residents can also contact their council for welfare assistance if they are in urgent need. 

For damage to private property, people should contact their insurance company in the first instance.

Both Nelson City and Tasman District Council residents who need to dispose of damaged materials and rubbish should check with their insurers first, as this should be part of any insurance claim.

If you are renting, contact your landlord and consult your contents insurance policy.

Take photographs and keep all receipts. If you don't have insurance, contact the Ministry of Social Development and make an appointment to see someone in Stoke or Nelson (the Richmond office has been damaged). 

Public health information:

The boil water notice is still in place for Motueka residents on the reticulated system. Bore owners are also advised to boil water. Residents must boil drinking water for at least one minute for drinking water, food preparation, utensil washing, washing teeth, pets and ice making

Any resident who has had mud and silt inundation on their property should take care when cleaning up because of the possibility of sewage contamination.

Take adequate precautions: use rubber gloves and boot and protective eye gear.

Wash your hands and any wet parts of your body with soap and water afterwards. For full instructions, visit nelsontasmancivildefence.co.nz 

Clean up:

If you require help with cleaning up properties light cleaning activities only (eg cleaning silt, packing boxes, etc.  This does not include disposing of items, cleaning contaminated items or any work that requires heavy machinery. )

  1. Complete a Red Cross Registration Form at either Nelson City Council or Tasman District Council Customers Services, Work & Income Nelson, or Work & Income Stoke. Clean up assistance can only be received if a Red Cross Registration form has been completed.
  2. Contact either:
  • Salvation Army - either calling in to the Nelson office or by calling 03 54 84807
  • Or Corrections - 0800 866 211 press 2 for community work

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*Light cleaning activities only -

Raw effluent has been discharged into Waimea Inlet near Tahunanui Beach following Sunday's heavy rain.

Because of this, and the likelihood of further rain, people are advised to avoid swimming in the area along Tahunanui Beach and the Waimea estuary, including Monaco, until at least Thursday, April 25.

Nelson City Council also warns that shellfish should not be collected from these areas at any time.

There has been discharge from the Nelson Regional Sewerage Business Unit (NRSBU) pump system.

Records show the highest inflow to Bells Island ever recorded.

The Emergency Operations Centre estimates that at least 90 homes in the Tasman District have suffered flood damage and are being checked by building inspectors.

Tasman District Council has received requests for over 500 sandbags. All open commercial properties in the Tasman District area that had flooding have been visited by environmental health officers with no major issues reported.

Others that could not be accessed will be visited if required. Officers are handing out information on cleaning up safely.

The welfare centre is being moved to the Tasman District Council tomorrow, as the Richmond New Life Centre has other activity booked. Welfare representatives will staff the TDC area during business hours.

From April 23, Nelson City and Tasman District Councils will assume a 'business as usual' response to the rain event.

Each council will be dealing to the issues in their respective districts. The Fitness Centre at the ASB Aquatic Centre will be closed for at least one week due to flood damage.

Ten families/residents have visited the welfare centre today seeking assistance. The welfare centre at the Richmond New Life Centre is closing today.

Welfare staff will be at the Tasman District Council tomorrow during business hours. If residents need sandbags, they will be available should the weather turn again. Stock will be available for distribution as soon as needed.

Nelson City Council has received requests for over 700 sandbags between yesterday and today. Both Nelson City and Tasman District Council residents who need to dispose of damaged materials and rubbish should consult their insurers first, as this should be part of any insurance claim.

If you are renting, contact your landlord and consult your contents insurance policy. Take photographs and keep all receipts. If you don't have insurance, contact the Ministry of Social Development and make an appointment to see someone in Stoke or Nelson (the Richmond office has been damaged).

A representative of the Insurance Council of New Zealand has informed EOC staff that already 1,500 house and/or contents claims have been made so far.

The Nelson City's environmental health officer checked approximately 20 food premises in the worst affected areas of Stoke and nearly all were cleaning up, some removing stock where contaminated by flood waters.

Information has been distributed about food contamination and sanitisation. Nelson City Council's customer service centre is operating as normal. From Tuesday 23 April, Tasman District Council's customer service centre will be operating as normal.

Tasman District Council's inspections of commercial premises has resulted in two Section 124 notices due to the presence of human effluent. These businesses are in the process of cleaning up and will be monitored by inspection staff.  

Property closures:

In Nelson city, there has been serious damage to the roads and paths within the Saxton Field complex. The entire complex is closed, including Sports House, the Saxton Stadium, and all playing fields and sports areas. Saxton Stadium has had damage to the hardwood floor and is being fully assessed. It will be closed for at least one week.

Sports House has water damage that entered the suspended ceilings and caused them to collapse in various locations.   Road closures (all in Tasman District): Graham Valley Road Polglase Street Aniseed Valley Road at 5KM marker Riwaka Valley Road   Park and reserve closures: Tasman District:

  • Rabbit Island Reserve
  • Easby Park Playground
  • Dellside Reserve, all access
  • All sportsgrounds

Nelson City:

  • All sportsgrounds

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