Cyclone Gita – Council EOC Closes

This is the final update for the evening. With the rain steadily easing off, and expected to continue to lighten heading into tomorrow, the decision has been made to close down Council’s Emergency Operations Centre.

The latest Met Service forecast, released just after 10pm, predicts between 50 and 80mm of rain between now and midday tomorrow.

The rain will fall steadily, but not at an intensity that is expected to cause any further issues.

Severe gales are forecast for the early hours of the morning before easing.

While river levels are tracking upwards, they are still well below their capacity, and offer no immediate threat of flooding.

It is considered highly unlikely, unless the rain intensity increases, that either the Waimakariri or Ashley Rivers will breach their banks.

Council are closing down the two Welfare Centres in Rangiora and Kaiapoi, but will maintain six Sucker trucks in Kaiapoi to further attend to surface flooding.

The six trucks will work until midnight, but the work will continue through until the early hours of the morning, with three trucks staying on task until 4am.

Our call centre is also closing although Civil Defence staff will remain on call.

For any emergency issues, please contact Brennan Wiremu (021 480 829) or Chris Field (021 480 8520).