Canterbury floods: What you need to know

21:03, Mar 05 2014

Most schools and roads have reopened, but caregivers should check before leaving home and motorists should take care with some surface flooding still about.


Mairehau High School

Shirley Boys' High School

Kids First Kindergarten Sunbeam (St Albans)



The Ashley Bridge at Cones Rd closed at 5.30pm yesterday and is yet to reopen.

The Old Waimakariri Bridge is currently still open.

All main roads in Christchurch are believed to be open, but some smaller streets may still be closed because of flooding. Motorists are advised to take care.

Roads that remain closed this morning include:

-Locksley Ave

-Avonside Dr (Torless St to Wainoni Rd and at the Fitzgerald end)

-Harrison St

- Thornton St

- Carrick St

- Speight St

- Tunnel Rd off-ramp to Bridle Path

- Brittan Tce, Lyttelton (Cressy Tce accessible for light vehicles)


Clean water is being trucked into Little River, Duvauchelle, Takamatua and Birdlings Flat, the Christchurch City Council says.

All reservoirs across Banks Peninsula were being monitored and residents were advised to conserve water.

Isolated issues with wastewater systems across the district are expected, possibly causing issues we toilet flushing.

The council has asked residents to avoid unnecessary flushing.

Normal rubbish and recycling collections were disrupted yesterday,  but contractors will be in affected areas over the next few days to clean up spilled and unemptied bins. 


Welfare centres at Mairehau, Woolston and Lyttelton were closed last night, with those who came for assistance being settled in other accommodation. The Woolston and Mairehau centres closed at 7.45pm and the Lyttelton centre closed at 9pm. 


The council advises that flood-waters on roads and parks may be contaminated, so people are advised to avoid the water where possible or make sure they wash their hands and remove and wash any clothing that gets wet.


Christchurch Airport is open and all flights are arriving and departing as normal. Passengers are advised to keep up-to-date by checking the airport's website and with their airlines.

The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) has issued strong wind warnings for the following State Highways:

- SH 74 to Lyttelton Tunnel (strong winds)

- SH 75 Tai Tapu to Akaroa (slip and debris)

NZTA advised motorists to take extra care - especially those on motorcycles or driving caravans and other high-sided vehicles.


Environment Canterbury is asking passengers to be patient and plan their trips carefully.

Affected routes include:

- Diamond Harbour Ferry - There will be no ferries before midday due to damage sustained at the Lyttelton jetty. No replacement buses are available. 

-Metrostar - Back to normal route.

- Orbiter - No buses will travel down Avonside Dr or Woodham Rd. Detours are available. 

- 5 Hornby / New Brighton - Buses to Southshore are starting and ending their trips at the corner of Estuary Rd and Sandra St.

- 7 Halswell / Queenspark - Back to normal route.

- 28 Papanui / Lyttelton and Rapaki - Services are not running to Rapaki due to road closures. Buses are also avoiding Opawa Rd between Garlands and Ensors roads and detouring via the expressway. 

- 40 Middleton / Wainoni - Back to normal route, but delays expected due to the reduction of Blenheim Rd to one lane.

- 44 North Shore - Buses are not servicing Emmett St, Flockton St, Kensington St, Warrington St or the northern end of Barbadoes St.

- 115 Murray  Aynsley / Sydenham - Buses are not servicing Birdwood Ave (between Centaurus Rd and Tennyson St), detours available.

- 119 Bishopdale / Northlands - Buses are detouring away from Woodridge Rd while trees are being removed.


Mail deliveries were disrupted in the south and east of Christchurch yesterday, but New Zealand Post expects to catch up on deliveries tomorrow, so long as conditions improve.

The Press