Residents return home after slip

23:57, Jun 21 2013

Residents of 11 Dunedin households are able to start returning home after being evacuated because of further land subsidence on their street this morning.

One resident needed help from the Fire Service to leave her property when the alarm was raised by a Blanket Bay Rd resident about 4am today.

Dunedin Sergeant Dave Scott said further land subsidence had occurred in the area where there was substantial slipping two days ago.

Eleven households in the rural area, on the north side of Otago Harbour, were evacuated as a precaution.

No one was injured, but one woman had needed help to evacuate because of debris blocking her driveway, Scott said.

Dunedin Civil Defence manager Neil Brown said the residents were able to start going back to their homes just before midday.


"In daylight it turned out that the slip has expanded on either side of the where it was yesterday, but it wasn't threatening homes."

Contractors were taking away "truckloads" of clay and were expected to be on-site for the rest of the day.

"It's a reasonable chunk of material that has collapsed. If it had been in a suburb it would have been a very different story."

The road was unlikely to reopen today.

Brown said it was likely the slip had happened because the ground was so waterlogged.

"We haven't had a lot of snow here as other parts of the south Island have, [but] we've had an extremely long period of wet weather."

"There's slips across the city, most affecting roads, but some affecting properties like today," he said.

The Press