Monday, December 19, 2011

Nelson floods (from The Travel Paradise)

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On 14 December 2011
"A state of emergency will remain in the Nelson region for a few more hours as the area recovers from record breaking rainfall.

Heavy downpours in the northern South Island have caused widespread flooding and 148 people have left their homes to avoid the rising waters and slips.

Police said there has been gridlock on the city's roads this morning after flooding forced many routes to close.

Traffic jams have made it difficult for emergency services to get around and police are asking motorists to only drive if they have to.

"It's still a state of emergency and that will remain in place as long as we're likely to need the emergency powers, and that will be for a few hours," Nelson mayor Richard Kempthorne told TV ONE's Breakfast.

"We've had a tremendous amount of rain yesterday but we've had less than expected overnight and some of the rivers are starting to drop."

Kempthorne said the worst affected areas were Pohara Valley in Golden Bay where up to 30 homes have been affected after a dam burst, and the port hills in Nelson which have had numerous slips.

He said there has been significant property damage."

Latest Update
Some of the comments from the local Kiwi:
On 17 Dec 2011 - "Nelson City is fine, with just a few streets still closed due to slips and I believe Kaiteriteri is also fine.
However further into Abel Tasman some roads are still blocked. I believe the road north of Collingwood was re-opened yesterday. Ligar Bay, Totaranui, Pohara Valley and Cable Bay are the areas most affected by flooding and slips, with Cable Bay having just sea and helicopter access for the next few weeks.
Having the equivalent of 3 months worth of rain fall in just 2 days is more than the sodden earth could cope with. But this weekend is enjoying brilliant sunshine again and the entire area is beginning to dry out. Floods have hit these regions in the past and the area usually recovers very quickly. Plus we are about to enter the summer season and so there is an added financial incentive to get the roads open." 

On 18 Dec 2011 - "My understanding is that the Abel Tasman walking track is fully open and many, if not all, of the kayaking, hiking and water taxi trips are operating.
The only closed area is Cable Bay with it's blocked access and some areas are still without water. This might all improve within days.
Some beaches are currently closed - Ligar Bay, Pohara Beach, Tata Beach - and I see Tahunanui Beach in Nelson is included on the list though the locals are ignoring the ban. I walk my dog there almost daily and the beach is active daily with swimming, kitesurfing, sunbathing, picnicking, fishing and dog walking."

Here's an update on the flood situation www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm
Updated by The Travel Paradise.

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