What you need to know - State of Emergency Feb 5 2020

What you need to know - State of Emergency Feb 5 2020

What you need to know - State of Emergency Feb 5 2020

Here's the latest conditions report as of 5:00pm. Thanks to our mates at Bannerman Cruickshank Pryde Lawyers. 

Also visit www.es.govt.nz for the latest river conditions. 


NZTA has advised overnight the closure of:

  • SH94 between Gore and Mandeville (north of Croydon Lodge)
  • SH1 from East Gore/Railway Esplanade to Clinton
  • SH1 between Gore and Mataura
  • SH90 from Gore and Tapanui (including McNabs Intersection)
  • SH96 Glencoe Highway between Mataura and Browns
  • SH6 from Lumsden to Frankton
  • SH97 from the SH6 intersection to Mossburn
  • SH94 Mossburn to Te Anau (at the Key)
  • SH8 at Roxburgh


  • SH93 Mataura to Clinton (Old Coach Road) is open and passable with extreme care. This could close.
  • SH1 Milton to Clinton is also passable with extreme care. Plenty of surface flooding.

We advise those who stayed up in Dunedin overnight after the Elton John Concert to stay put and refrain travelling home until further notice. Conditions are expected to ease after midday today (Wednesday).


UPDATE 6AM 5/2/20 - EVACUATE NOW. Gore and Mataura residents in the areas identified in the Civil Defence maps should evacuate immediately. People should go to stay with friends and family on higher ground if possible. If you don't have a place to go, Gore residents should evacuate to either the Calvin Community Hub on Robertston Street or the Croydon Lodge. Two further welfare centres have been opened: Waimumu Hall and Southern Field Days Site.

In Mataura there will be buses from the Mataura Presbyterian Church carpark leaving for the Edendale community hubs which are at the Edendale Presbyterian Church and the Christian Activity Centre.

Buses are leaving the Mataura Community Centre and the Presbyterian Church in Mataura at 8.30am and 9am to take evacuees to the community hubs in Edendale. You can also make your own way to Edendale but please take care on the roads.

If you need assistance please call 111.

Modelling for the Mataura River shows that it may peak at 2400cubic metres per second at around noon today (Wednesday). This is just within the design specifications of the Gore stop banks and is higher than the flood levels in 1999. As a precaution, Council is going door to door at present telling people in East Gore (as shown here) to be ready to evacuate at short notice. People and business owners in the yellow priority 3 area, and Mataura residents, also need to be prepared. People will be notified in the morning by Council staff and emergency services if they need to evacuate. Please note the Priority 1 area has already been evacuated.

Key things people need to do:

  • Please get essentials prepared, for yourself as well as your pets.
  • If you need to evacuate, Council staff and emergency services will go door to door to advise you as soon as possible.
  • Please check on your neighbours and make sure they are aware what is happening.
  • If you have elderly neighbours, they may require assistance with preparing.
  • Secure any potential hazards that may be outside – outdoor furniture, rubbish bins, garden equipment.
  • Ensure you have essential items in your grab bag – important documents, essential medications and clothing.
  • Have the necessary equipment for your pets ready too – leash, cage, food. Confine your pets now, if they feel threatened they may hide and make it difficult for you to find them when you need to leave.
  • If you have friends and family you can go to, please make arrangements early.  For those needing somewhere to stay, we have set up welfare centres at the Calvin Community Church, in Robertson Street, and the Croydon Lodge for those on the west side of Gore; and the East Gore Arts Centre (old Presbyterian Church), in Rock Street, and the Longford Function Centre for people living in East Gore.
  • Apart from the Calvin Church, the other three will only open in the event of an evacuation.
  • All schools in the Gore District are closed tomorrow

BOIL WATER NOTICE: The Council have issued a boil water notice for Gore as a precaution as the Mataura River continues to rise and could affected our wells. They also need people to conserve water.

Due to flooding they have had to turn off the wastewater pump station at East Gore, which may cause toilets to back up in the area. We appreciate your patience


Gore Pakeke Lions Meeting tonight has been cancelled. 


Mayor Bryan Cadogan has declared a State of Emergency covering the Clutha District, due to widespread flooding. The declaration provides the Clutha Controller with additional powers should they be required.

A further update on the current situation is as follows:

  • State Highway 1 through Milton is currently open though there is surface flooding. Drivers traveling on SH1 through Milton are asked to please expect delays, drive to the conditions and follow instructions when traveling on SH1 through this area. 
  • A welfare centre is open in Milton for those requiring assistance. This is available at Mount Zion Church at 110 Union Street, Milton.
  • If accommodation is required in Dunedin please contact (03) 477 4000.
  • Please refer to the Clutha District Council website for a full list of road closures in the district.
  • We are still monitoring river levels for farmers in the affected areas with no change expected overnight but will be reviewed first thing in the morning. At this time stock removal unlikely before mid morning, if at all.

All Balclutha Schools starting at 10am. No buses running.


  • South Otago Gun Club Championships, postponed. Please contact the team for more info.


WYNDHAM RESIDENTS - EVACUATE NOW. All Wyndham residents should evacuate immediately to the Mokoreta Hall. Please take essential documents, personal medications and clothing with you. If you require assistance please call 111.

Many Southland roads have been impacted by heavy rain and Southland District Council is advising people not to travel unnecessarily. Rivers are continuing to rise and they are expecting conditions to worsen. Contractors are out responding to calls from residents but advise conditions are challenging and they are not able to access all of the affected areas. Flooded roads are closed off where contractors are able to gain access but many areas are not reachable.

The following roads are closed:

  • Ellis Road between Acton and Lowther Rds
  • Taramoa West Plains Road
  • Felton Road
  • Lora Gorge Road
  • Henderson Road
  • Dipton-Mossburn Road
  • Wreys Bush -Mossburn Road
  • Riversdale - Waikaia Road
  • Pyramid-Waiparu Road
  • Counsell Road, Makarewa
  • Otautau Tuatapere Road (detour via Clifden Highway)
  • Wyndham Station Road (Mokoreta)
  • Mimihau School Road from Wyndham Road to the cemetery
  • Wyndham-Edendale Road at 8pm
  • Island Edendale Road
  • Rakahouka Hedgehope Road
  • Otamita Gorge Road
  • South Hillend Dipton Road (between Hishon Road and Dipton Bush Road)
  • Centre Hill Road
  • Mavora Lakes Road
  • Oreti Road
  • Mararoa Road
  • Affleck Road (Five Rivers)
  • Sandstone-Kingstone Crossing Road
  • Waimea Valley Road
  • Roads in the Athol, Garston, Five Rivers, Waikaia, Balfour and Riversdale areas - contractors cannot get to all these roads because of flooding
  • Riverton Highway likely to be significantly affected.

No school buses running in Tapanui and Wyndham.

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