Storm Update - Cleanup Begins in Earnest

21 June 2013

The Wellington Regional Emergency Management Office (WREMO) will keep a watching brief on the continuing response to the severe southerly storm that lashed the area overnight.

Storm debris caused by huge waves along Wellington's south coast.

Storm debris caused by huge waves along Wellington's south coast


The Wellington Region Civil Defence Controller, Bruce Pepperell, says councils and utilities are now working hard to get things back to normal as the wind dies down.

“I know that big efforts are under way to get power back on to more than 25,000 customers around the region and that work to restore the rail commuter network is also under way.

Council contractors are working hard to clear downed trees from roads all over the region. Middleton Road in Johnsonville and the road access to Makara are considered priorities.

“Our problem is that some very big trees have come down overnight and they will take a lot of work to remove.”

Work is also starting on a cleanup of the seaside roads on Wellington’s south coast – particularly the Esplanade, between Island Bay and Owhiro Bay, which was severely damaged by huge waves.

Wellington City Council’s acting Civil Defence Controller, Neville Brown, says he expects that stretch of road to be closed for at least another 24 hours – and that its full repair may take some weeks.

In the meantime, the number of people following the WREMO Facebook page has more than doubled overnight – to almost 10,000 ‘likes’. Some postings have been viewed by more than 60,000 Facebook users. People can keep up-to-date with the latest information on the storm by liking WREMO at