Storm Update - Wellington City Council

22 June 2013

Here are the latest updates from around the city.

  • With the continuing rain, we are getting a steady stream of calls from residents reporting surface flooding due to blocked drains. We ask residents to give us a hand, where it is safe, by using a broom or shovel to clear any leaves of storm debris out of drains to allow water to drain away.
  • Council welfare staff are organising help for some residents who are still without power in some parts of the city – for example, Miramar, Tawa, Newlands, Johnsonville and Makara
  • The road between Island Bay and Owhiro Bay – extensively damaged by huge seas in Thursday night’s storm – has been reopened to traffic but will need further repairs.
  • Council staff are inspecting road access to Makara Village and Makara Beach this afternoon – there is concern the current heavy rain may cause flooding in the area.
  • Temporary repairs have been made to the seawall at Island Bay.
  • The clearance of trees is continuing in earnest today – with the focus on Middleton Road between Johnsonville and Tawa, then Makara Road and then Alexandra Road on Mt Victoria – where there has been extensive damage to old pine trees on the Town Belt.
  • The Council’s Tree Team has had over 500 calls about trees down. We have had up to 50 staff working round the clock to clear priority trees. It's going to be a huge clean-up and possibly take weeks to clear all.
  • We want people to stay out of the Town Belt because of the danger presented by fallen trees and by trees that may still come down. At the moment our focus is on roads, access routes etc. We won't get to the Town Belt and walkways until we have cleared the roads.
  • There are large trees down all over the Berhampore Golf Course, Karori Cemetery, Makara Cemetery and Prince of Wales Park.
  • No junior sport today on Wellington City fields. Senior games are going ahead but some fields can't be used – for example Seatoun Park which is strewn with branches. A large pine tree has also fallen on to the edge of the number 1 artificial pitch at Wakefield Park.
  • Our Contact Centre took well in excess of 1000 storm-related calls yesterday – and a steady stream of calls is continuing today – with extra staff rostered on deal with the demand.
  • There was one slip reported on Churchill Drive this morning which is being attended to now.