Sunday, May 19, 2024

Evacuation alert issued for Spring Creek

Marlborough Civil Defence and Emergency Management (CDEM) is advising some residents in the township of Spring Creek near Blenheim to evacuate their homes by 9am tomorrow morning.

Heavy rain in the upper Wairau catchment is expected to raise the Wairau River level significantly tomorrow, Friday 12 April, from around 9am to 5pm.

At Spring Creek the river is expected to reach between 3,300 and 3,600 cubic metres (cumecs) per second after 9am, and residents of Dodson, Hathaway and March streets, and part of Ferry Road, are advised to relocate as a precaution for the day.

The Peninsula Road stop bank is potentially compromised due to previous storm events and seismic activity, CDEM said in a statement.

“Twenty Civil Defence and iwi volunteers are door knocking and leafletting 70 homes this evening. Residents can evacuate tonight if they wish.”

Marlborough CDEM advises:

  • Stay with friends or family first, make contact sooner rather than later;
  • Have a grab bag ready;
  • Take a change of clothes and sleeping bags or blankets for each household member;
  • Take prescription medications, car and house keys and a phone charger;
  • Keep your mobile phone on and charged so you can receive calls and Antenno alerts;
  • Take your pets with you – they are your responsibility.

Peninsula Road is closed between Gouland and Ferry roads in Spring Creek. The Wairau Bar Road and Bothams Bend Road may also be closed tomorrow, the CDEM advised.

For more information follow Marlborough District Council’s Facebook page and any instructions regarding evacuation, or phone Marlborough CDEM on 03 520 7400 if you need assistance.

The public can monitor river levels via Flood Watch at https://hydro.marlborough.govt.nz/floodwatch/ download Council’s Antenno app for alerts or go to www.marlborough.govt.nz.

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