Buller District Council

Friday update

10th February, 2022

Morena Buller 

We have received an updated forecast today from MetService New Zealand and NIWA Weather for the next 24 hours which indicates the rain to ease. The rainfall we have experienced overnight was a lot more than expected which caused the significant surface flooding. The Inangahua and Buller Rivers are being closely monitored. The Orowaiti has still plenty of capacity.  

The Emergency Operations Centre has worked into the night to arrange evacuation centres for residents . Currently, two evacuation centers are open at Sergeants Hill hall and South School hall (Haselden Street entrance). 

There may be small-scall evacuations of low laying areas today however, this will depend on the information we receive over the next coming hours. Forecasters advise the weather system should be finished by late this afternoon. 

Self-evacuation is encouraged for those who experienced flooding in July last year as a precaution. Move your animals to high ground where possible. 

If you feel unsafe, we encourage self-evacuate to friends and family or to one of the evacuation centres. The coast road, Buller Gorge and all roads north of Westport are closed. 

There will be a further roading update at 12pm. 

Further evacuation decisions will be made as we get more clarity around rainfall in the next few hours. We will keep you updated on Buller Emergency Management Facebook page, Coast FM and the BDC website. 

Be ready today in case you have to evacuate. Have your grab bags handy, connect with friends and family, assist your neighbours to get ready, and make sure your car is good to go to take you to higher ground.  

Your grab bag has to include personal medications, water, food, blankets, warm clothes and remember to have a plan in place for your pets.  

We know people are weary after last week and will be feeling anxious – the Community Hub is open for support. Staff and navigators will be there to have a chat and a cup of tea. This is not an evacuation site. You can also call the Emergency Operations Centre on 0800 234 533  

Thank you to those communities who have already self-evacuated to their centres. 


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