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Emergency Declarations 1990-1997

Date of DeclarationDate of TerminationArea Involved or Making DeclarationEmergencyNotes
17.01.199017.01.90GreytownFloodFrom 171812 to 172130 (South Wairarapa DC). Some families evacuated
10.03.199015.03.90Taranaki RegionFloodCyclone Hilda. 51 homes evacuated
10.03.199014.03.90WanganuiFloodCyclone Hilda. 96 homes evacuated. In the event farm damage was estimated at $12 million. Declared at 2015; terminated at 1230. Insurance costs in this event, excl. EQC were $1.8m (1994)
12.08.199013.08.90Nelson/Tasman CombinedFlood1 death. 45 people evacuated. Declared 0930, terminated 1700. DRC appointed. Cabinet payment (60%) for catchment work reinstatement $372000 (1990)
28.01.199129.01.91WestlandFloodingFor the areas: Kaniere Township, Arthurstown, Woodstock and Hokitika. 15 families evacuated. Declared 2030, lifted 0800 (140 people evacuated in related incident at Franz Josef). Catchment work damage was estimated at $4 million
18.02.199119.02.91Clutha DistrictFloodingCatlins Ward. Declared 1440, terminated 1530 (next day). 128 people evacuated from Pounawea, Newhaven and Tahakopa. Recovery Manager appointed. Insurance claims $1.60m (excluding EQC). Road damage estimated at $2.5 million, farm damage at $766,695
02.04.199103.04.91WestlandFloodingSouthern Ward (Sector G). 75 people evacuated at Franz Josef. Declared at 1930, lifted at 0650
22.07.199223.07.92MastertonStormDeclared at 1504, lifted at 0815. Road damage estimated at $296,000
23.12.199330.12.93KaikouraFloodDeclared at 2155 and allowed to run to expiry. 35 dwellings and 44 businesses flooded; damage estimated at $10 million. (Insurance payments $7.6m, roads $0.42m, schools $1.1m). Recovery Co-ordinator appointed on 28th, for 16 days
08.01.199410.01.94Te AnauFloodDeclared 2030 to allow evacuation of Milford. In all 572 people evacuated. Terminated 2100 on 10th
09.01.199411.01.94Mt CookFloodDeclared at 1545, terminated 0835. 150 evacuated

Date of DeclarationDate of TerminationArea Involved or Making DeclarationEmergencyNotes
10.01.199412.01.94AlexandraFloodDeclared at 0900, terminated at 0930 on 12th. 4 families evacuated, 3000 campers encouraged to leave. This rain event caused loss of 2000 sheep and some $9.7 million in state highway damage. DOC property sustained over $1 million in damage
FloodingThree declarations, Waimate 1022-0900.
Timaru 0930-1227, Mackenzie 1357-1745.
About 240 evacuees across the 3 districts. Losses estimated at $5.5 million including about $3 million damage to state highways
31.11.199409.09.94TimaruStructural RiskDeclared at 1508, lifted 0800. Evacuation over 2 block radius of CBD following distortion of grain store wall. 300 children evacuated from cinema.
08.11.199409.11.94WanganuiFloodDeclared at 1800, lifted at 1200. 157 evacuated from 82 households.
21.11.199422.11.94BullerFloodDeclared at 2115, lifted at 1320. One house evacuated at Mohikinui and 2 at Seddonville (5 people)
14.07.199515.07.95Thames ValleyFloodingDeclared at 2115 for Thames Ward, Plains Ward. Terminated at 1530. There were 30 people evacuated. About 200 insurance claims. Damage put at $4 million. (A combination of rain and high tide).
14.12.199514.12.95WaitakiFloodingDeclared at 0001 for Omarama, lifted at 0800. 35 evacuated.
14.12.199518.12.95WaimateFloodingDeclared at 2115 for Hakataramea. 7 houses evacuated (17 people). River peaked at 3300 cumecs (mean flow at Waitaki Dam is 350). Terminated at 0802 on 18th.
30.12.199631.12.96Thames ValleyStormDeclared at 1711 for Thames - Coromandel District, Waihi and Paeroa Ward of Hauraki and Te Aroha Ward of Matamata-Piako. Terminated at 0915 for the outer wards and at 1500 for T-C. Cyclone Fergus. About 2000 displaced holiday-makers. About 350 in temporary accommodation. 1 death
11.01.199712.01.97Thames-CoromandelStormDeclared at 0940, terminated at 1700 next day. Cyclone Drena. About 140 evacuated at Moanatairi. 3 deaths.
06.02.199706.02.97Timaru DistrictDam failureDeclared at 0205, terminated at 0820. About 200 residents evacuated from Stratheona and Butlers Crossing when 40 metre Opuha Dam overfilled and failed releasing 13 x 106m3 of water. Normal flow of the Opuha 30-40 cumecs, peaked at 1500 cumecs.
02.06.199703.06.97Wairoa DistrictStormDeclared at 1900, terminated at 2100 next day. About 166 people evacuated at Nuhaka after flooding and power failure associated with storm. DRC appointed for 14 days