With more extreme weather predicted to hit Auckland tonight, Auckland Council has announced the closure of all non-essential community facilities, services and destination sites at 3pm today.
The closure includes services such as pools and leisure centres, libraries, community venues, Auckland Botanic Gardens, the Auckland Art Gallery and cemetery offices.
“We are also asking people to avoid regional parks at this time,” Council said in a statement.
It said other council services will continue as normal, and frontline staff responding to health and safety issues, recovery and relief efforts will continue to work across the region.
“Closing our facilities earlier today with a delayed re-open on Wednesday morning not only ensures staff get home safely, it allows us direct resources to welfare centres and other frontline services that are needed most,” says Auckland Council CEO, Jim Stabback.
“We thank Aucklanders for their cooperation and understanding at this challenging time.”
He said Council’s teams had been busy responding to Friday’s storm event and preparing for tonight’s predicted deluge, with hundreds of staff and contractors working over the weekend to continually clear debris from hot spots, inlet grilles and streams.
“Since Friday, our Healthy Waters operations teams and contractors have responded to over 1,000 Requests for Service (RFS) relating to incidents of flooding.”
“Ahead of tonight’s predicted storm event, the council would like to ask people to clear their own drains and catchpits if it is safe to do so.
“In addition, we ask that people not drive through floodwaters, or play in floodwaters which are contaminated. We ask that people continue to take a safety-first approach.”