Joint media release from Waikato Civil Defence Emergency Management Group and Waikato Regional Council regional hazards team
The Waikato Civil Defence group emergency management office in Hamilton is monitoring weather-related developments around the region closely, ready to support local civil defence responses as required.
“Our group emergency co-ordination centre is operating 24 hours a day to monitor developments. We will act to support local responses to the weather situation as required by, for example, providing advice and logistical support where required,” said group controller Lee Hazlewood.
“This is a serious weather event and it’s important for agencies and communities to work together closely to help keep people and infrastructure safe. Support your neighbours and be ready to self-evacuate to friends and family if needed.”
Other general civil defence messages include:
Farmers are encouraged to move stock to higher ground where necessary. Be alert for possible power losses, the loss of roofs and any downed powerlines. It’s also a good idea to have extra batteries for torches and portable radios.
More information is available from www.civildefence.govt.nz (external link)
Meanwhile, the Waikato Regional hazards team is reporting no major problems with river levels and flood control assets around the region.
“However, rivers are elevated and are expected to stay high for some days,” said team leader Rick Liefting.
“People need to be aware of the potential this brings for surface flooding and river flooding hazards. We’ll provide advice as required. But, for the time being, it’s good to see the flood management schemes are working well with no significant problems reported.”
The council’s flood room in Hamilton is activated to monitor developments.
The latest weather warnings this morning for the Waikato region include: