Flooding Recovery Updates

Tuesday 8 June 2021

Nine days after heavy rain and flooding started causing havoc across Canterbury, the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Rangiora is still coordinating Waimakariri’s ongoing Civil Defence response.

Rain over the long weekend didn’t cause any further issues. The EOC continues to support the District’s most impacted households, which include residents in the isolated Lees Valley and properties in the Okuku area which suffered flooding after the Okuku River breached its banks.

The EOC has coordinated multiple helicopter flights into the Lees Valley, carrying groceries, fresh water and medicine. Urgent repairs are underway for Lees Valley Road which is blocked by multiple landslips and washouts. Road access is expected to be restored in stages, with the Council hoping to have a track initially ready for residents’ four wheel drive vehicles. This track will also allow machinery to reach further along the road to clear other slips and start repairs on the damaged bridges within the valley itself.

In recent days, the Council’s building staff have inspected houses around the District for flooding damage. Fortunately it appears that damage is not widespread; the Council will continue to support the property owners have been badly affected.

Most flood-affected roads have now been repaired and re-opened. A handful of remote roads, mostly fords, are still closed, however apart from Lees Valley there is believed to be no remaining isolated areas.

Thoughts now turn from the immediate response to the District’s longer term recovery. With the local State of Emergency possibly expiring this week the Emergency Operations Centre is likely to wind down and transition into recovery. The Council will remain available to assist affected residents and can be contacted on 0800 965 468.

Rural Support

The weather event has taken its toll on the District’s rural, farming and lifestyle communities. We have a list of rural support organisations that are available to help with health and wellbeing, feed and grazing needs, animal welfare and other rural services on our website.

Roads

A small number of roads remain closed:

  • All fords across the District
  • Lees Valley Road. There are two slips and three bridges where the approaches have been washed out
  • Okuku Pass Rd. Repairs are underway
  • Horsford Downs Rd. Repairs are underway
  • Island Rd east of Mounseys Rd. A culvert repair is required.

All other roads across the District are open.

Water

The Garrymere water supply is under a boil water notice. We will keep users updated via text and through our website with further updates

The Oxford Rural No 2 scheme leak is fixed. Residents can resume use as normal

Private well owners who have noticed a difference in their water (discoloration, taste) should get this tested and boil water before drinking in the interim. Council recommends that private well owners test their own water regularly anyway, this is especially critical following rain events.

Need to report an issue or require help?

For emergencies first please call 111 to access the applicable emergency services

Contact the Council on 0800 965 468 for any needs either outside of or during office hours.

More Information                  

Rural Support -https://www.waimakariri.govt.nz/your-council/news-and-information/2021/06/support-for-our-rural-community-is-available

Weather updates - https://www.metservice.com/rural/regions/canterbury-plains.

If travelling outside the District, plan your journey - https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/canterbury/

Canterbury Regional Parks are closed - https://www.ecan.govt.nz/your-region/living-here/regional-parks/


Friday 4 June 2021

Almost a week following significant rainfall which hammered the Waimakariri District the Council are focusing on recovery and supporting a small number of affected residents.

While four areas were evacuated as a precaution during peak rainfall and high tide times (The Pines Beach/Kairaki, areas near the Eyre River, an area north of Fernside and a small number of homes near the Okuku River) the amount of damage across the District is low.

The Council is now moving to the recovery phase and towards the end of the week Council staff have:

  • Undertaken 20 building assessments of properties which were affected by flood water. Only one has moderate damage. We continue to work with all property owners affected in small parts of Oxford, Okuku and Waikuku
  • Begun welfare support for 17 households. This support is ongoing until there is no longer a requirement
  • Connected numerous times with Lees Valley residents who remain cut-off due to road damage. Staff are revisiting this afternoon by helicopter to continue plans for road reconnection as well as providing ongoing welfare support
  • Repaired jammed and damaged flood gates and cleared culverts and other overland flow paths of debris
  • Reopened the majority of roads closed due to surface flooding
  • The Emergency Operations Centre remains active and is able to help residents over the long weekend. Contact us on 0800 965 468.

Roads

A small number of roads remain closed:

  • All Fords across the District
  • Lees Valley Road. There are two slips and three bridges where the approaches have been washed out
  • Okuku Pass Rd. Repairs are underway
  • Horsford Downs Rd. Repairs are underway
  • Island Rd east of Mounseys Rd. A culvert repair is required.

All other roads across the District are open.

Water

  • The Garrymere water supply is under a boil water notice. We will keep users updated via text and through our website with further updates
  • The Oxford Rural No 2 scheme leak is fixed. Residents can resume use as normal
  • Private well owners who have noticed a difference in their water (discoloration, taste) should get this tested and boil water before drinking in the interim. Council recommends that private well owners test their own water regularly anyway, this is especially critical following rain events.

Need to report an issue or require help?

The Civil Defence Emergency Operation Centre remains active throughout the long weekend.

  • For emergencies first please call 111 to access the applicable emergency services
  • Contact the Council on 0800 965 468 for any needs either outside of or during office hours.

Advice for the long weekend


Thursday 3 June 2021

As the clean-up and recovery begins following significant flooding across the District, Council engineers are today continuing to carry out assessments of the District’s roads, water supplies and infrastructure.

Council Staff Assess Flood DamageHelicopter flyovers through some of the more remote and inaccessible areas will be carried out later today to assess damage and community needs, and further grocery, water and medical supplies will be dropped to residents in Lees Valley.

A priority for Council is to restore road access to Lees Valley. Following yesterday’s assessment of damaged infrastructure, engineers and contractors are getting ready to begin work to create a bypass above the slip on Lees Valley Road, and work is already underway on the Okuku Pass side.

Repairs on both access routes involve complex engineering issues, so it will take some time to establish how long it will take until road access is restored.

Council staff continue to support residents in Okuku whose properties have been affected by flooding.

Rural Support

The recent severe weather event has taken its toll on the Waimakariri rural and farming community, however, there are many organisations and networks here to help those in need.

The recent severe weather event has taken its toll on the Waimakariri Districts rural and farming community. If you need help and you’re not sure who to contact, additional local support services for health and wellbeing are available on our website here.

Health and wellbeing, feed and grazing needs, farm animal welfare and support service information can be found on our website.

Water supply

Garrymere Water Supply Scheme - A precautionary boil water notice is in place for residents on the Garrymere Water Supply Scheme. The water turbidity is still high and until that settles the boil water notice will remain in place until further notice.

Oxford Rural No.2 – water quality is back to normal, however residents are asked to conserve water. A leak in the supply line started during the flooding, and staff are carrying out an assessment to identify the leak. Until this work is complete, and the leak repaired, water conservation is a precautionary measure.

Flood damage

Has there been flooding in your home? If you have had damage from flood water entering your home, or are concerned about damage, please contact the Council’s Civil Defence team on 0800 965 468 (0800WMKGOV). We can arrange for an assessment if required.

Roads

There is significant damage to some roads including scouring, edge breaking and debris washed on to roads.

Contractors have repair work under way and in some areas, temporary repairs will be completed now, but permanent repairs may not be able to start until spring/summer.

Potholes on sealed roads caused by the saturated surface can be reported using the Snap Send Solve app www.snapsendsolve.com or call our Customer Services Team on 0800 965 468.

Council staff will be working to re-open roads as soon as possible.

All Fords across the District remain closed

The following roads are closed due to washouts:

  • Lees Valley Road
  • Okuku Pass Rd
  • Horsford Downs Rd
  • Island Rd east of Mounseys Rd

The following roads are closed due to flooding:

  • Terrace Road
  • Steffens Road
  • Mairaki Road (east of McIntoshes Rd)
  • Inglis Rd
  • Riverside Rd (northern end)

The following roads have now reopened:

  • Beach Rd at Pines / Kairaki
  • Swamp Road
  • Tippings Road
  • Patersons Road (Cust)
  • Kennedys Hill Road
  • Welchs Rd
  • Harewood Road Bridge

River Updates:

River levels across the Waimakariri District continue to recede.

Need to report an issue or require help?

The Civil Defence Emergency Operation Centre remains open and emergency services will continue to respond to the situation. For emergencies first please call 111 to access the applicable emergency services. Contact the Council on 0800 965 468 for urgent calls either outside of or during office hours.