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Updates for Civil Defence emergency situations within the Mackenzie District.

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EM LogoThe Mackenzie District Council Emergency Operations Centre is currently de-activated though remains on standby if the need arises.

Weather Event Update (FINAL) - 1.30pm 20/7/22

  • This is the final update from Mackenzie Civil Defence for this weather event. However, Council is continuing to actively monitor the situation around our District and on our roading network. There is still plenty of water out there, but levels are continuing to drop.
  • We will continue to publish lists of closed roads, and we still ask that you take care while travelling in areas that could be affected by flooding. The ground remains quite wet and new potholes and road damage may appear.
  • Our contractors will be starting to repair water damage. However, some locations will need to dry out before repairs can be effected. Please be patient.

For updates on State Highways, please check the Waka Kotahi website.

Weather Event Update #9 - 9.45am 20/7/22

Staff and contractors have been out assessing our roading network first thing this morning. The following is a list of current road restrictions due to flooding/damage.

Closed

  • Braemar Rd
  • Glen Lyon Rd Ford
  • Glen Lyon Rd from boat ramp to bluff (due to slip)
  • Haka Pass
  • Haldon Rd
  • Hayman Rd
  • Jack Lovelock Ford
  • Kerrs Rd Ford
  • Lochaber Rd
  • Mackenzie Pass Rd
  • Mt Cook Station Rd
  • Nixons Rd Ford
  • Opuha Dam Rd Ford
  • Perry Rd
  • Seddons Rd Ford
  • Stoneleigh Rd Ford

Open – With Restrictions

  • Godley Peaks Rd – Open to 4wd only
  • Lilybank Rd – Open to Roundhill turn off with speed restrictions

As ever, after an event like this, please drive with care and expect the unexpected. Roads have been damaged, and we will not have been able to sign-post every incident.

Weather Event Update #8 - 9.00am 20/7/22

Good morning. The main intensity of this weather event has now passed and overnight river/water levels have been dropping.

This morning Council staff and contractors are out assessing the situation and road conditions and later this morning we will be in a position to issue an update on roading closures and the our repair programme.

This has been a widespread event and it will take some time to deal with all the issues. Please be patient while we work through these, drive to the conditions, and be aware of the potential for roads to have areas that have scoured out, and other damage.

Weather Event Update #7 - 4.30pm 19/7/22

Snow

Snow has been falling in Twizel, Lake Tekapo and on our high country roads.

This is a problem for our contractors as the snow hides road damage caused by the floods. We cannot repair a road that is under snow, and it can be dangerous to try and clear it.

As soon as conditions permit we will be assessing roads, and prioritising snow clearance and repairs. In the meantime, please be patient. This is a very wide-spread complex weather event and has presented our staff and contractors with a series of significant issues to deal with.

Road Closures

The following Council roads remain CLOSED:

  • Braemar Road
  • Clayton Road from Monument Corner
  • Glen Lyon Road from the ford
  • Hakataramea Pass
  • Haldon Road
  • Hayman Road
  • Jack Lovelock Track
  • Kerrs Road
  • Lilybank Road
  • Mackenzie Pass
  • Mt Cook Station road
  • Opuha Dam Road
  • Seddons Road
  • Stanton Road
  • Stoneleigh Road.

Surface flooding is widespread around the district. Ashwick Flat, and Ayr and Alloway Streets in Fairlie are affected.

Please check Waka Kotahi's website for updates. https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11

Driving

This is a widespread event and roading contractors do not have enough signs to cover all closed roads and areas of surface flooding. Please drive to the conditions and expect the unexpected.

Snow on top of very wet conditions will make surfaces slippery and driving treacherous.

If possible, please stay off the roads. If you must drive, please exercise extreme care when driving through floodwater - there may be washouts or other significant damage to the road under the surface.

This is the final update for today. The next will be issued tomorrow morning (Wednesday) once contractors and staff have been able to get out and assess the situation.

Weather Event Update #6 11.30am 19/7/22

The following Council roads are now CLOSED:

  • Braemar Road (NEW)
  • Clayton Road from monument corner (NEW)
  • Glen Lyon Road from the ford
  • Hakataramea Pass
  • Hayman Road (NEW)
  • Jack Lovelock Track
  • Kerrs Road
  • Mackenzie Pass
  • Mt Cook Station Road (NEW)
  • Opuha Dam Road
  • Seddons Road
  • Stanton Road
  • Stoneleigh Road.

Surface flooding is widespread around the district. Ashwick Flat, and Ayr and Alloway Streets in Fairlie are affected.

There are also issues on State Highways, particularly SH 80 which is due to a slip over the highway. Please check Waka Kotahi's website for updates. https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11

This is a widespread event and roading contractors do not have enough signs to cover all closed roads and areas of surface flooding. Please drive to the conditions and expect the unexpected.

If possible, please stay off the roads. If you must drive, please exercise extreme care when driving through floodwater - there may be washouts or other significant damage to the road under the surface.

Weather Event Update #5 9.30am 19/7/22

The following roads are now CLOSED:

  • Glen Lyon Road
  • Hakataramea Pass
  • Hayman Road (NEW)
  • Jack Lovelock Track
  • Kerrs Road
  • Mackenzie Pass
  • Opuha Dam Road
  • Seddons Road
  • Stanton Road
  • Stoneleigh Road.

State Highways: Please check Waka Kotahi's website for updates. https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11

The Metservice is forecasting further rain today and we ask everyone to take care, do not drive unless you have to, and avoid driving through floodwater (you don't know what - if anything - is under the surface).

The next scheduled update will be before lunch when we expect to be closing more roads.

Weather Event Update #4 8.30am 19/7/22

As we all know, it has rained extensively overnight. Now it is daylight Council contractors are out around the district assessing roads, bridges, fords etc.

Metservice has forecast the rain to continue for at least the first half of today.

If you must travel please drive to the conditions, be prepared for flooding. Do not drive through flood waters - you do not know what's under the water.

Please obey all road closed signs. Remember - driving on a closed road invalidates your insurance.

Some State Highways are closed. You can check conditions at https://www.journeys.nzta.govt.nz/traffic/regions/11

Next Update: we expect to issue an update mid-morning after Metservice have updated their information and contractors have reported in.

Weather Event Update #3 - 18/7/22 4.00pm

The following roads are now CLOSED:

  • Mackenzie Pass
  • Hakataramea Pass

The following roads are closed at their fords or bridges:

  • Glen Lyon Road
  • Jack Lovelock Track
  • Kerrs Road
  • Opuha Dam Road
  • Seddons Road
  • Stanton Road
  • Stoneleigh Road.

The Metservice is forecasting further rain tonight and we ask everyone to take care, do not drive unless you have to, and avoid driving through floodwater (you don't know what - if anything - is under the surface).

This is the final update for today. The next scheduled update will be mid- morning tomorrow after our contractors have been able to assess the situation.

Weather Event Update #2 - 18/7/22 10.50am

We are receiving reports of significant quantities of rain having fallen already. Surface flooding and blocked culverts are widespread.

  • Please drive only if absolutely necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed-out bridges.
  • Continue to follow all flood safety messages.

Weather Event Update #1 - 17/7/22 2.00pm

We are expecting a significant weather event to pass over Mackenzie in the next 48 hours. The Metservice has issued an orange warning and have advised that it is bordering on a Red warning and the alert level may yet rise.

The warning is for very high winds and a significant amount of rain, especially immediately to the east of the Main Divide.

There will be a risk of surface flooding in the low-lying areas of Twizel and Lake Tekapo/Takapo.

Some rural roads with a susceptibility to flooding may be impacted, including:

  • Lockaber Road,
  • Lillybank Road,
  • Glen Lyon Road,
  • Hocken/ Lyford Lane,

What can you do?

  • Please look around and secure items which could be a problem in a high wind: trampolines, rubbish bins, the dog kennel…
  • Check where your torch and batteries are, and your candles and matches. Make sure you can easily access enough firewood. Be prepared to check your neighbours, especially the elderly.

What are will be doing.

  • We have our Emergency Management Team set up and ready to go.
  • Our roading contractor is prepared - held an initial meeting of key MDC staff and our Controller.
  • From Monday 18/7/22 we will be putting regular updates on our Facebook page and our website (www.mackenzie.govt.nz) as the event progresses.

Live Civil Defence Notifications (where applicable)

All Civil Defence notifications within the Mackenzie District are communicated on the Mackenzie District Council Facebook page.