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Flood event advice and information

Following the 2 recent adverse weather events on 3-4 and 11-12 June 2018.

Q&As on the impact of the slash and flooding

Questions and answers on the flooding, road closures and wood debris (slash).  

A community meeting was held in Tolaga Bay on 20 June - for meeting notes 

Useful contacts if you're affected by the flooding

Ministry of Social Development have lots of ways they can help those affected by the flooding. You don't need to be on a benefit. They may be able to help with urgent and unexpected costs such as petrol, food and furniture. Check their website for details

If the flooding has affected your work, welfare or income, work and Income may provide financial assistance. This may include the unemployment benefit, emergency benefit and special needs grants. Contact Work and Income on 0800559009.

If you need help cleaning silt and debris around your property contact our customer service team 06 8672049 or 0800 653 800.  

For help with cleaning up your farm, contact Rural Support Trust on 0800787254 or coordinator David Scott 0272119941.

If you have rural support needs - you may be eligible for Enhanced Taskforce Green, funding for recovery coordination, psycho-social care, community events and rural assistance payments. Contact the Rural support Trust on 0800787254.

Visit EQC website  for anything outside your home including outbuildings. EQCover can include debris and silt removal from under and around affected homes.

Please check on your neighbours, ask if you can help. Community groups wishing to help, contact customer service 06 867 2049.

If you're helping to clean up flooded properties Hauora Tairawhiti advises people in contact with floodwaters to keep wounds covered with waterproof, sterilising coverings and change coverings regularly. If cuts or wounds have been in contact with floodwaters, was well with soap to prevent infection. 

Use rubber gloves, boots and eye protection during clean up. Use basic hygiene. 

Wash your hands with soap and water after handling items contaminated with flood water or sewage and visit your GP early, especially if you have flu like symptoms.

No power - contact Eastland Network 24/7 - 0800 206 207

For information about disposing chemicals contact Sarwan Kumar 869 2396 or sarwan.kumar@gdc.govt.nz 

Check latest closures and cautions on local roads

Check bridge restrictions

If you require access to a closed road, contact us on: 0800 653 800

Insurance advice - before you clean-up, take lots of photos. Contact your own insurance company for issues concerning your home and contents.  

Recovery measures include:

Enhanced Taskforce Green are supervised crews that help rural communities get back on their feet with clean-up work on farms and rural properties. To register for Enhanced Taskforce Green, contact the Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254.

Rural Assistance Payments - provide extra help for essential living costs to those farming individuals and families who need it when affected by natural disasters. There are conditions which must be met and payments are the same as Jobseeker Support. Contact the Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254 for more information.

Rural Support Trust - as part of the government’s help, the Rural Support Trust receives funding for a range of measures to help rural recovery. It will coordinate rural recovery, assist Tairawhiti Civil Defence to ensure farmers, growers and foresters including their families and workers have the help they need, support community recovery events, and technology transfer. In addition, the Rural Support Trust connects affected rural individuals and families with a range of expert advice on finance, farming and wellness.
If you, or someone you know, would benefit from independent and confidential support, contact the Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254 or East Coast Gisborne Wairoa coordinator David Scott on 027 211 9941.

Flood clean-up underway

The government has called the 2 floods (3-4 and 11-12 June) - a medium-scale adverse event. This means we can tap into initiatives to aid the district's recovery. 

Tairawhiti Civil Defence Emergency Management is coordinating the recovery. The recovery manager is John Clarke and his deputy is Patrick Willock.

Civil Defence's role is a welfare team working to support people affected by flooding.

What's happening now?

Tairawhiti Roads, Council and contractors are working hard to open the roads closed due to slips, washouts, debris and power lines on roads. 

Engineers continue to assess bridges for safety. 

Many residents and property owners are cleaning up their homes, properties and farms. Some are being helped by local businesses, emergency services and forestry companies. 

Up to 4 families have still not been able to return to their homes. Civil Defence welfare team is assisting them.

Flood water disease

Floods can increase the incidence of Leptospirosis, a disease of animals including domestic animals, wildlife and rodents. Humans can also contract leptospirosis from affected animals. It can be caught through contact with animal urine and contaminated water. Please note the advice in this leaflet about contact with floodwaters.
Vaccinate your animals.
For further information on leptospirosis  or talk to your vet.

Key facts from the flooding events

Two adverse weather events – 3 - 4 June and 11-12 June.

In the first event, areas north, west and south of Tolaga Bay including Whangara were most severely affected. T

The highest rainfall recorded over the 48hrs from 8am 3 June until 8am  5 June was: Pakarae 293mm, Willow Bank 265mm, Mata 214mm, Waikura 184mm, Pouawa 180mm, Poroporo 178mm, Fernside 173mm, Rip 170mm and Te Puia 155mm.

The second event, Tolaga Bay was again affected but areas south and west of Gisborne city including Te Karaka, Waimata Valley, Ormond and the Waipaoa River catchment bore the brunt. 

The highest rainfall recorded over the 48hrs from 8am 11 June until 8am 13 June was: Rip 272mm, Waikura 244mm, Puketawa 209mm, Puketoro 199mm, Mata 194mm, Tuatamoe 191mm, Tuahu, 189mm, Pakihiroa 175mm, Monowai 157mm, Arowhana,153mm.

Flooding directly affected at least 20 families’ homes and properties. 

More than 40 roads were closed, 109 bridges are being assessed for safety.

Information on being prepared

It's important that you're prepared for a disaster. Get ready now so that you're better prepared to cope on your own for up to 3 days or more.

As a minimum, everyone needs: 

♦ enough food in your home to last 2-3 days.
♦ know where to get water, if your usual supply is not available.  
♦ alternative lighting - a torch with spare batteries or a wind up one, gas lantern or light-sticks. 
♦ a battery operated or wind up radio and spare batteries - don't forget your car radio as a last resort. 
♦ a first-aid kit, make sure you have essential medications. 
♦ blankets, survival blankets or warm waterproof clothing. 
♦ alternative cooking methods - BBQ or gas cooker. 
♦ to store important family documents where you can get them easily
♦ an emergency plan - where to meet family and how to contact one another if separated.

Useful links

Rain and river levels - check environmental monitoring

For local road conditions - check our road updates

For state highway updates - go to NZTA's website

For latest weather forecast - go to the Metservice website  

Find out if you live or work in a Tsunami hazard area and what is a tsunami

We will broadcast over these stations during an emergency: 

945 kHz AM - Talkback ZB  |  585 kHz AM - Radio Ngati Porou  |  90.9 FM - ZGFM  |  98.1 FM - Radio Ngati Porou  |  98.9 FM - More FM (Urban Gisborne)  |  90.1 FM - More FM (rural areas)  |  94.9 FM - Radio Live  |  95.7 FM - Turanga FM  |  88.5 FM - Uawa

14 Jun 18 11:00am
Flood clean-up under way

Residents, local businesses, Gisborne District Council and forestry company staff have been...

6 Jun 18 10:30am
Further rain and snow expected

Several rural roads opened but further rain and snow expected Three Tolaga Bay...

5 Jun 18 2:00pm
Rain eased but 11 bridges a concern

Rain has eased in the Tolaga Bay area, river levels have dropped...

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