Buller District Council

Lake Rochfort Dam assessed

4th February, 2022

A civil engineer has made an initial assessment of the Lake Rochfort dam near Westport this afternoon and advises it has not been breached.

Buller Civil Defence Controller Al Lawn says the engineer found there had been a large slip that deposited material into the lake. He said rumours that the dam had burst this afternoon were wrong.

A second inspection will be carried out this evening. However, at this stage no evacuations are required for properties below the dam.


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