Buller District Council

Residents warned to be prepared for weekend weather

11th February, 2022

Buller Emergency Management Controller Bob Dickson says while current predictions suggest the weekend weather ahead may not result in further flooding or major issues, he is warning residents to be ready.

Metservice has put out Heavy Rain and Strong Wind watches (www.metservice.com/warnings/home#upper-south) that include Buller on Saturday and Sunday.

“On top of the two weather events we’ve just dealt with, there is a chance this may create further issues with the likes of slips,” says Mr Dickson.

“We are not expecting any flooding problems with our rivers, as they are expected to cope with the level of rain predicted. But please check your properties for loose items and ensure they’re tied down or stored safely away from the wind.”

Residents are advised to check Metservice for the latest updates, Waka Kotahi (www.nzta.govt.nz/) for information on state highways, this Facebook page and Coast FM for any further information.

While the Buller Emergency Operations Centre is not anticipating major issues, extra emergency staff are heading to Buller to be available if required.

Mr Dickson suggests residents feeling worried or very stressed about the past couple of weeks of weather-related issues could pop into the Community Hub from 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

“The West Coast DHB website (www.wcdhb.health.nz) also has information about who people can talk to – including for wellbeing support people can talk to a counsellor free of charge, call or text 1737 any time of the day or night.”

The getready.govt.nz/ website has useful information about preparing for emergencies.

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