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Emergency Management Otago Update #11 – 10.45am

Monday, 24 July 2017

Emergency Management Otago Update #11 – 10.45am The state of emergency has been lifted in Otago and the region has officially transitioned into recovery. Nick Donnelly has been appointed Group...

Emergency Management Otago update #10 3.45pm

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Clean-up operations are underway across Otago as floodwaters continue to recede in the region’s rivers. Group Controller, Chris Hawker, said that the Waitaki and Clutha District Councils both close...

Emergency Management Otago update #9 8.00am

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Most river levels are dropping across Otago but widespread flooding remains. Otago Regional Council’s flood management team has been monitoring flood conditions overnight and staff have been out...

Emergency Management Otago update #8, 6pm

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Rainfall has eased in Otago and rivers are beginning to recede. However, Civil Defence and Emergency Management Otago is warning that residents still need to exercise extreme caution as widespread...

Emergency Management Otago Update #7, 1.15pm

Saturday, 22 July 2017

NZ Defence Force personnel have been working alongside ORC staff and contractors to block a hole alongside the Mill Creek pump station on the Taieri River stopbanks. [see www.otagocdem.govt.nz for...

Otago CDEM Group update #6 9.35am

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Aerial surveys of flooding in coastal Otago are underway. There is widespread flooding and disruption across Waitaki, Dunedin and Clutha, as well as flooding and snow in parts of Central Otago. The...

Otago CDEM Group update #5 4.50am

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Over 200 properties have been evacuated across Otago overnight, with the majority being in the Dunedin City and its rural communities. All state highways across the region are closed and there are...

Emergency Management Otago Update #4 2330

Friday, 21 July 2017

 Otago continues to be affected by rising rivers from the heavy rainfall the region has received.   Modelling indicates that the Taieri River may reach flows among the highest on record.   ...

Emergency Management Otago Update #3

Friday, 21 July 2017

Update #3 21:15 A regional state of emergency is in place for Otago due to widespread flooding across the region. Civil defence staff are actively responding in Waitaki, Dunedin, Clutha and Central...

Emergency Management Otago Update #2

Friday, 21 July 2017

Update #2, 8.20pm A regional state of emergency has been declared in Otago, in support of Dunedin City and Waitaki Districts, which have both declared local states of emergency in their own...

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