Storm Update & Thank You

2 July 2013

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who did their bit to help the Capital get through the ferocious southerly storm that struck the region on Thursday 20 June.

Council workers clearing storm debris from a road.

It was one of the biggest storms in living memory - with many residents losing power for extended periods and some homes suffering severe damage.

To our credit though, our collective response demonstrated the city’s resilience and community spirit.

Council Chief Executive Kevin Lavery says the clean-up job is far from over, and for some homes the damage will take a long time to mend. But Wellingtonians can be proud of the way we all pulled together to weather the storm.

“Whether it was firefighters, police, council employees and volunteers stepping up to work through the wild and windy night, contractors working overtime in treacherous conditions to get the power grid running again, or compassionate residents supporting neighbours in their hour of need - you all made a huge difference.”

All roads in the city are now open but many of our tracks are blocked by fallen trees. Clearing these is going to take months in some cases, so we ask people to take care, heed warning signs and avoid tracks that have been closed due to storm damage.