Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Hawke’s Bay police dog base paddling out of floodwaters

The Hawke’s Bay Police Dog Base has been inundated with flood water and is significantly damaged following the impact of Cyclone Gabrielle.

Police say a full assessment of the property – a former residential home – will be undertaken when conditions allow.

The offices and kennel facility serve as a base for the Hawke’s Bay dog handlers working across Hastings and Napier.

“All operational dogs are safe and continue to live with their handlers,” said a Police spokesperson.

Officers in the area are, disappointingly, responding to reports of burglaries across the district and say they will be taking a hard line with anyone acting unlawfully and compounding the suffering of hard-hit communities.

“We understand this is a stressful and challenging time for many whānau so it’s important we look after each other.”

“We ask that people take stock, take a breath and tautoko each other in the times ahead,” the spokesperson said.

If you are still unable to contact a family member or friend and have genuine concerns for their safety, please provide as much information as possible here.

Communications throughout the district are beginning to be restored. If you are in a life-threatening situation, call 111 immediately.

Police is sharing important information and safety messages from Civil Defence groups and other partner agencies on our social media channels.

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