Monday, June 24, 2024

Defence digs in for South Island flood support

The New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) is providing support in the Westport, Greymouth and the Nelson-Tasman areas following a bout of severe weather in the South Island.

The New Zealand Army currently has 14 personnel from Burnham Military Camp deployed to the West Coast to assist local authorities. Personnel are located in Westport with the Buller Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and in Greymouth with the Westland Regional Emergency Coordination Centre (ECC) where they have assisted with the delivery of supplies, weather barriers, sandbagging and an evacuation, NZDF said in a statement today.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force has deployed 25 personnel from Base Woodbourne to assist the Nelson Tasman EOC.

The New Zealand Army Reserve Unit in Nelson, 2nd/4th Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment (RNZIR) assisted the Nelson Tasman EOC last night with one Liaison Officer and five Reservists with a Unimog truck, they helped 10 Nelson residents leave their properties.

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