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June flood event advice and information

Following the 2 recent adverse weather events on 3-4 and 11-12 June 2018.

Read the latest newsletter:
Flood Recovery Update 5 - 19 July [PDF, 1.1 MB]   

Q&As on the impact of the slash and flooding

Questions and answers on the flooding, roads and wood debris (slash).  

A community meeting was held in Tolaga Bay on 20 June.
Here's the meeting notes 

Investigation into debris (slash)

We’re continuing our investigation on the woody debris. We can’t comment on compliance of forestry companies or determine who is at fault until we have completed the investigation.
If we do identify any measures that need to be taken to make areas safe we will take action immediately.
We expect the investigation will be completed in early September and we’ll be able to provide further information which could include the outcomes and further actions to be
taken. We will communicate any updates and information via Uawanui and Te Aitanga a Hauiti Centre of Excellence and community link groups.

Useful contacts if you're affected by the flooding

If you have rural support needs - register with Enhanced Taskforce Green. Contact:
David Scott, Rural Recovery Coordinator ph 027 211 9941 or (06) 868 4840 or email treescapefarm@xtra.co.nz
Patrick Willock, Agriculture Recovery Facilitator on 021 240 6534 or (06) 867 6902 or email pwillock@xtra.co.nz.

Ministry of Social Development have lots of ways they can help those affected by the flooding. You don't need to be on a benefit. They may be able to help with urgent and unexpected costs such as petrol, food and furniture. Check their website for details(external link)

If the flooding has affected your work, welfare or income, work and Income may provide financial assistance. This may include the unemployment benefit, emergency benefit and special needs grants. Contact Work and Income on 0800559009.

For chemicals, farm waste, flood-damaged rubbish contact our customer service team 06 8672049 or 0800 653 800.  

For help with cleaning up your farm, contact Rural Support Trust on 0800787254 or coordinator David Scott 0272119941.

Visit EQC website(external link) for anything outside your home including outbuildings. EQCover can include debris and silt removal from under and around affected homes.

Insurance advice - before you clean-up, take lots of photos. Contact your own insurance company for issues concerning your home and contents.  

Community groups wishing to help, contact customer service 06 867 2049.

If you're helping to clean up flooded properties Hauora Tairawhiti advises people in contact with floodwaters to keep wounds covered with waterproof, sterilising coverings and change coverings regularly. If cuts or wounds have been in contact with floodwaters, was well with soap to prevent infection. 

Use rubber gloves, boots and eye protection during clean up. Use basic hygiene. 

Wash your hands with soap and water after handling items contaminated with flood water or sewage and visit your GP early, especially if you have flu like symptoms.

For information about disposing chemicals contact Sarwan Kumar 869 2396 or sarwan.kumar@gdc.govt.nz 

Check latest closures and cautions on local roads 
Check bridge restrictions

If you require access to a closed road, contact us on: 0800 653 800.

Recovery measures include:

Enhanced Taskforce Green are supervised crews that help rural communities get back on their feet with clean-up work on farms and rural properties. To register for Enhanced Taskforce Green, contact the Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254.

Rural Assistance Payments - provide extra help for essential living costs to those farming individuals and families who need it when affected by natural disasters. There are conditions which must be met and payments are the same as Jobseeker Support. Contact the Rural Support Trust 0800 787 254 for more information.

Flood water disease

Floods can increase the incidence of Leptospirosis, a disease of animals including domestic animals, wildlife and rodents. Humans can also contract leptospirosis from affected animals. It can be caught through contact with animal urine and contaminated water. Please note the advice in this leaflet about contact with floodwaters.
Vaccinate your animals.
For further information on leptospirosis(external link) or talk to your vet.

Key facts from the flooding events

Two adverse weather events – 3 - 4 June and 11-12 June.

In the first event, areas north, west and south of Tolaga Bay including Whangara were most severely affected. The highest rainfall recorded over the 48hrs from 8am 3 June until 8am  5 June was: Pakarae 293mm, Willow Bank 265mm, Mata 214mm, Waikura 184mm, Pouawa 180mm, Poroporo 178mm, Fernside 173mm, Rip 170mm and Te Puia 155mm.

The second event, Tolaga Bay was again affected but areas south and west of Gisborne city including Te Karaka, Waimata Valley, Ormond and the Waipaoa River catchment bore the brunt. 

The highest rainfall recorded over the 48hrs from 8am 11 June until 8am 13 June was: Rip 272mm, Waikura 244mm, Puketawa 209mm, Puketoro 199mm, Mata 194mm, Tuatamoe 191mm, Tuahu, 189mm, Pakihiroa 175mm, Monowai 157mm, Arowhana,153mm.

Information on being prepared

It's important that you're prepared for a disaster. Get ready now so that you're better prepared to cope on your own for up to 3 days or more.

As a minimum, everyone needs: 

♦ enough food in your home to last 2-3 days.
♦ know where to get water, if your usual supply is not available.  
♦ alternative lighting - a torch with spare batteries or a wind up one, gas lantern or light-sticks. 
♦ a battery operated or wind up radio and spare batteries - don't forget your car radio as a last resort. 
♦ a first-aid kit, make sure you have essential medications. 
♦ blankets, survival blankets or warm waterproof clothing. 
♦ alternative cooking methods - BBQ or gas cooker. 
♦ to store important family documents where you can get them easily
♦ an emergency plan - where to meet family and how to contact one another if separated.

Useful links

Rain and river levels - check environmental monitoring

For local road conditions - check our road updates

For state highway updates - go to NZTA's website(external link)

For latest weather forecast - go to the Metservice website(external link) 

Find out if you live or work in a Tsunami hazard area and what is a tsunami

We will broadcast over these stations during an emergency: 

945 kHz AM - Talkback ZB  |  585 kHz AM - Radio Ngati Porou  |  90.9 FM - ZGFM  |  98.1 FM - Radio Ngati Porou  |  98.9 FM - More FM (Urban Gisborne)  |  90.1 FM - More FM (rural areas)  |  94.9 FM - Radio Live  |  95.7 FM - Turanga FM  |  88.5 FM - Uawa

13 Jul 18 4:30pm
Flood recovery news update 13 July

We continue to gather information from agencies, field assessments and community feedback...

4 Jul 18 1:45pm
Options for assistance available

Council are working with the Rural Support Trust, the Ministry of Social...

14 Jun 18 11:00am
Flood clean-up under way

Residents, local businesses, Gisborne District Council and forestry company staff have been...

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