Buller District Council

Windstorm coming to an end

1st September, 2015

Metservice are still expecting the strong wind weather event that Buller is experiencing at present to ease this afternoon.

Buller Civil Defence is advising residents and visitors to remain indoors where possible, particularly in those areas being affected the hardest by this weather. No notification has been received by Buller Civil Defence of any damage or people needing assistance at this stage. The power is currently out in the Karamea area, and Buller Electricity is working to get this back up and running as quickly as possible.

“Getting the early warning out to residents to secure their properties has been great” comments Mayor Garry Howard. “People had a chance to get themselves and their properties sorted, so damage should be minimal”.

Whitebaiters are also warned to take extreme care and avoid the riverbanks where possible, as king high tides combining with this weather system can lead to unpredictable circumstances.

This event is a timely reminder for people to have their household emergency kits and plans in place, and up to date. For those unsure of what they need to have in their plans or kits, see the www.getthru.govt.nz. Insurance is also another vital aspect that needs to be checked regularly to ensure that it is in place and accurate.

“I encourage all residents to take care of themselves and when the weather eases, and it is safe to be outside, check on your neighbours to make sure they are ok. Particularly if you know of elderly or vulnerable residents” comments Mayor Howard.

Post updated at 11.30am 1 September 2015


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