Mopping up underway

by Anonymous Author

While the Selwyn District Council has lifted the Civil Defence State of Emergency following the weekend’s heavy rain mop up operations will continue throughout the week.

Flooding forced the evacuation of residents from the Selwyn Huts area while roads were closed and boil water notices put in place across the district.

Selwyn Civil Defence local controller Douglas Marshall said although river levels have lowered and most roads throughout the district reopened, residents should be aware of remaining hazards.

“This was a significant flood event which required a swift response from the council and I’m grateful to all volunteers as well as staff and contractors who worked in very difficult conditions,” Mr Marshall said.

“Thank you also, to the Selwyn residents who cooperated with officials during evacuations and others who provided local updates and assistance through our network of volunteers.

“We’re fortunate that very few homes in the district were affected by the flooding, however there is still a lot of water on farmland and the council asks that residents are patient and cautious on the roads this week.”

Although some road closures have been lifted, a number will remain in place until contractors can undertake repairs to make roads safe. Most river fords remain closed and unsafe. 

Contractors are continuing to monitor flood-affected areas and will inspect bridges and sealed and unsealed roads over the coming days, focussing on the worst hit areas first.

Precautionary boil water notices remain in place until further notice for Hororata, Acheron, Springfield, Malvern Hills (both Hartley’s and Dalethorpe) and Upper Selwyn Huts.

Mr Marshall said there are many new potholes on the roads throughout the district and council contractors are out doing repairs as quickly as possible. 

Residents can report potholes and any other roading issues via the council Helpline on 03 347 2800, or by using the ‘Snap, Send, Solve’ app.