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This section lists emergencies where there has been a Civil Defence response. Note: not all emergencies have had a state of emergency declared.

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Floods – Bay of Plenty

Whakatane District Flooding, Landslips

Start

17 Jul 2004

09:47 PM

Finish

30 Jul 2004

Declared at 2147 for Whakatane urban area. Declaration extended due to concern about further adverse weather forecasts. Widespread road, infrastructure water, power, sewage disruptions throughout district, impacting on mainly Whakatane and Edgecumbe urban areas, vast rural areas due to Whakatane river breaching stop banks (in exces of 15,000ha farmland inundated). About 215 houses uninhabitable, more that 1300 evacuations. One death due to tree falling on motorist. Landslips aggravated by earthquake swarm (more than 100 shallow earthquakes) around Lake Rotoehu coinciding with the flood impact period. MCDEM appointed Recovery Facilitator.

Floods – Bay of Plenty

Opotiki District Flooding, Landslips

Start

17 Jul 2004

05:00 PM

Finish

23 Jul 2004

Declared at 1700 for Waiotahi Ward. One death at Ohiwa Beach due to landslip. Numerous road closures due to flooding, houses evacuated due to deemed unsafe (mainly landslip threat). 10 houses uninhabitable. About 30 persons evacuated. Widespread water and power disruptions.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Manawatu- Wanganui Region flooding

Start

17 Feb 2004

08:00 PM

Finish

25 Feb 2004

12:00 AM

Declared for whole region at 2000 hrs, effectively ending the Rangitikei and Manawatu declarations made the previous morning. (See Rangitikei & Manawatu District declarations above). Similar conditions in Horowhenua District, although no declaration was made earlier by that District. Tararua, Ruapehu & Wanganui Districts also affected. Summary on event: Intense rainfall and gale force winds from 15-23 February have affected the lower North Island and top of the South Island with extensive and severe flooding and some wind damage. The river peak of the Manawatu River was the second largest on record, the largest being recorded in 1902. The peak of the Rangitikei was the third largest on record since 1897. Estimated to be NZ’s largest disaster in 20 years. More than a thousand evacuees. Approx 500 houses damaged. 4 bridges destroyed, 21 bridges seriously damaged. Widespread roads, rail closure, widespread power & phone outages. Stock losses estimated at 1300.

Floods – Marlborough

Picton flooding

Start

17 Feb 2004

01:37 PM

Finish

18 Feb 2004

Declared at 1337 hrs for Picton Ward. About 1000 people had to be evacuated in fear of a break in the Burns Dam (a reservoir above the town) due to high inflow capacities and possible landslips into the reservoir. Heavy flooding in Alexandra Holiday Park area. Declaration ended when engineers declared the dam to be safe.

Floods – Taranaki

Patea Ward flooding

Start

17 Feb 2004

11:00 AM

Finish

27 Feb 2004

Declared for Patea Ward (Waitotara Township and Waitotara Valley) at 1100 hrs due to severe flooding. Approximately 100 residents had to be evacuated. No reticulated water supply, sewerage tanks had to be pumped. Telephones & power also out.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Manawatu District Flooding

Start

16 Feb 2004

03:10 AM

Finish

17 Feb 2004

Declared at 0310 hrs for District due to severe flooding. 100 year event in certain areas. Defence resources required. Approximately 350 evacuees. Feilding isolated, many bridges out. Widespread road & rail closures. Water & power outages throughout District. Major issue main gas pipeline to Hawkes Bay closed.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Rangitikei District Flooding

Start

16 Feb 2004

02:55 AM

Finish

17 Feb 2004

Declared at 0255 hrs for District due to severe flooding with significant problems in Marton. 100 year event in certain areas. Approximately 530 people evacuated. Communications (phones) out due to bridges supporting cables collapsing. Water & power outages throughout District. Certain parts of District isolated. Declaration ended on 17 February due to a Regional declaration being made.

Floods – Wellington

Kapiti Coast District flooding

Start

04 Oct 2003

12:30 AM

Finish

09 Oct 2003

Declared at 0030 hrs for District, although damage was limited to Paekakariki town and Paekakariki Hill Road. Damage caused by major flooding and landslips (mud & rubble) at Paekakariki. Several families evacuated, welfare centre established. Health issues due to sewerage problems. Wellington cut off (road and rail) until afternoon of 04.10.2003. Air crash at Waikanae might have complicated response. Duration of declaration mainly due to clean-up process.

Floods – Waikato

South Waikato District floods

Start

21 Jun 2002

08:00 AM

Finish

23 Jun 2002

05:00 PM

Declared at 0800 hrs for Putararu & Tirau Wards. Terminated at 1700 on 23/07. “Weather Bomb” caused extensive flooding. Main problems nil water supply, no power, resulting in a need to regulate water supply & consumption. Several roads closed, Kinleith branch railway line closed. Considerable damage to private properties, no evacuations.

Floods – Waikato

Thames District flooding

Start

21 Jun 2002

03:03 AM

Finish

24 Jun 2002

05:00 PM

Declared at 0303 hrs for District. Terminated at 1700 on 24/07. “Weather Bomb” caused extensive flooding, power failures, overloading of waste water systems. All flooding between midnight & 1240am. Some areas recorded highest rainfall ever per hour. 200 houses evacuated, 500 evacuees. SH 25 closed. One death- person swept to sea at Waiomu Motor camp. 14500 insurance claims as at 2 August 2002. Estimated at $25 million (highest ever linked to a disaster event in NZ).

Floods – Otago

Clutha District flooding

Start

18 Nov 1999

07:18 PM

Finish

21 Nov 1999

01:00 PM

Declared at 1918hrs. Terminated at 1300, 3 days later. Flooding in Balclutha (110 people evacuated); Kaitangata (30 people)

Landslides – Otago

Queenstown landslip

Start

18 Nov 1999

05:30 PM

Finish

29 Nov 1999

11:59 PM

Threatening landslip. Declared at 1730hrs. Terminated at 2359, 10 days later. 64 houses evacuated.

Floods – Otago

Central Otago District flooding

Start

17 Nov 1999

08:30 AM

Finish

19 Nov 1999

05:00 PM

Declared at 0830 hours. Terminated at 1700, 2 days later. Flooding in Alexandra (200+ businesses & houses); Roxburgh, Miller’s Flat, Ettrick.

Landslides – West Coast

Poerua Landslip

Start

12 Oct 1999

07:50 AM

Finish

12 Oct 1999

01:10 PM

Declared at 0750, lifted at 1310 same day. A slip off the north face of Mt Adams occurred at 0330hrs on 6 October 1999 depositing 10-15 million cu.metres of debris in the Poerua river valley, blocking the river and creating a lake 1.2km long and over 80metres deep. The lake overtopped after 2 days of heavy rain caused the dam to breach at about 0745 on 12 October. 46 people were evacuated as water moved through the valley. Resultant damage was minimal despite aggregation raising the river bed substantially.

Floods – Bay of Plenty

Rotorua District flooding

Start

01 May 1999

11:47 AM

Finish

01 May 1999

04:09 PM

Declared at 1147, lifted at 1609 same day. A small number of self evacuations were carried out.

Wildfire – Otago

Central Otago Rural Fire

Start

28 Feb 1999

06:00 PM

Finish

01 Mar 1999

12:00 PM

Declared at 1800, lifted 1200 next day. Declaration by Mayor for whole district. Purpose: to assist Emergency Services in evacuating properties. 40 properties & in excess of 200 people evacuated; 2 houses destroyed by fire; 1 person died from heart attack - shock of event; many farm buildings, fences & numbers of livestock were destroyed by fire. No actual costs.

Floods – Northland

Far North District floods

Start

22 Jan 1999

08:58 AM

Finish

10 Feb 1999

Declared at 0858; DRC appointed. Impact in Hokianga area: 4 communities severely affected; 270 people evacuated; 80 in emergency accommodation; 96 sections damaged; 75 houses damaged; 3 houses destroyed. Est. cost impact $4.3m.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Ruapehu District floods

Start

30 Oct 1998

12:30 PM

Finish

04 Nov 1998

09:15 AM

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Wanganui District floods

Start

29 Oct 1998

06:30 AM

Finish

30 Oct 1998

02:00 PM

Declared at 0630; lifted 1400 next day. Declaration to facilitate evacuation of 62 residential properties & 45 commercial premises threatened by possible overtopping of the stopbanks of the Whanganui River. 75 evacuees; 24 in motel accommodation. Stopbanks not breached although some localised inundation occurred.

Floods – Wellington

Kapiti Coast District flooding

Start

28 Oct 1998

08:00 AM

Finish

30 Oct 1998

07:30 AM

Declared at 0800. This time 50-60 houses evacuated, 1 death. Lifted 0730.

Floods – West Coast

Buller District floods

Start

27 Oct 1998

04:30 PM

Finish

28 Oct 1998

01:55 PM

Declared at 1630, lifted 1355 next day. A replay of the previous week, 220 evacuated, 20 houses flooded through (12 at Seddonville, 1 at Mohikinui, 4 at Karamea and 3 at Waimare.

Floods – Wellington

Kapiti Coast District flooding

Start

21 Oct 1998

01:05 AM

Finish

22 Oct 1998

01:00 PM

Declared at 0105, lifted 1300 next day; 13 houses evacuated in Otaihanga area of Waikanae.

Floods – West Coast

Buller District flooding

Start

19 Oct 1998

10:30 PM

Finish

20 Oct 1998

01:40 PM

Declared at 2230, lifted 1340 next day. Karamea: 7 houses inundated; 66 people evacuated. Seddonville: 6 homes & hotel evacuated. Waimare: 3 baches evacuated.

Severe weather – Waikato

Cyclone Fergus

Start

30 Dec 1997

05:11 PM

Finish

31 Dec 1997

03:00 PM

Declared 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

Severe weather – Hawke's Bay

Wairoa District Storm

Start

02 Jun 1997

07:00 PM

Finish

03 Jun 1997

09:00 PM

Declared 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

Other – Canterbury

Oupha Dam failure

Start

06 Feb 1997

02:05 AM

Finish

08:20 AM

Declared 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.

Severe weather – Waikato

Cyclone Drena

Start

11 Jan 1997

09:40 AM

Finish

12 Jan 1997

05:00 PM

Declared at 0940, terminated at 1700 next day. Cyclone Drena. About 140 evacuated at Moanatairi. 3 deaths.

Floods – Canterbury

Hakataramea floods

Start

14 Dec 1995

09:15 PM

Finish

18 Dec 1995

08:02 AM

Declared 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.

Floods – Otago

Waitaki flooding

Start

14 Dec 1995

12:01 AM

Finish

14 Dec 1995

08:00 AM

Declared at 0001 for Omarama, lifted at 0800. 35 evacuated.

Floods – Waikato

Thames Valley flooding

Start

14 Jul 1995

09:15 PM

Finish

15 Jul 1995

03:30 PM

Declared 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).

Floods – West Coast

Buller flooding

Start

21 Nov 1994

09:15 PM

Finish

22 Nov 1994

01:20 PM

Declared at 2115, lifted at 1320. One house evacuated at Mohikinui and 2 at Seddonville (5 people)

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Wanganui flooding

Start

08 Nov 1994

06:00 PM

Finish

09 Nov 1994

12:00 PM

Declared at 1800, lifted at 1200. 157 evacuated from 82 households.

Floods – Canterbury

Timaru, Waimate, MacKenzie flooding

Start

19 Mar 1994

09:30 AM

Finish

21 Mar 1994

05:45 PM

Three 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

Floods – Otago

Alexandra flooding

Start

10 Jan 1994

09:00 AM

Finish

12 Jan 1994

09:30 AM

Declared 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

Floods – Canterbury

Mt Cook flooding

Start

09 Jan 1994

03:45 PM

Finish

11 Jan 1994

08:35 AM

Declared at 1545, terminated 0835. 150 evacuated

Floods – Southland

Milford flooding

Start

08 Jan 1994

08:30 PM

Finish

10 Jan 1994

09:00 PM

Declared 2030 to allow evacuation of Milford. In all 572 people evacuated. Terminated 2100 on 10th

Floods – Canterbury

Kaikoura flooding

Start

23 Dec 1993

09:55 PM

Finish

30 Dec 1993

Declared 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

Severe weather – Wellington

Masterton storm

Start

22 Jul 1992

03:04 PM

Finish

23 Jul 1992

08:15 AM

Masterton storm. Declared at 1504, lifted at 0815. Road damage estimated at $296,000

Floods – West Coast

Westland flooding

Start

02 Apr 1991

07:30 PM

Finish

03 Apr 1991

06:50 AM

Southern Ward (Sector G). 75 people evacuated at Franz Josef. Declared at 1930, lifted at 0650

Floods – Otago

Catlins flooding

Start

18 Feb 1991

02:40 PM

Finish

19 Feb 1991

03:30 PM

Catlins 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

Floods – West Coast

Westland flooding

Start

28 Jan 1991

08:30 PM

Finish

29 Jan 1991

08:00 AM

For 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

Floods – Nelson - Tasman

Nelson-Tasman flooding

Start

12 Aug 1990

09:30 AM

Finish

13 Aug 1990

05:00 PM

1 death. 45 people evacuated. Declared 0930, terminated 1700. DRC appointed. Cabinet payment (60%) for catchment work reinstatement $372000 (1990)

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Cyclone Hilda

Start

10 Mar 1990

08:15 PM

Finish

14 Mar 1990

12:30 PM

Cyclone 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)

Floods – Taranaki

Cyclone Hilda

Start

10 Mar 1990

Finish

15 Mar 1990

Cyclone Hilda. 51 homes evacuated

Floods – Wellington

Greytown flooding

Start

17 Jan 1990

06:12 PM

Finish

17 Jan 1990

09:30 PM

From 1812 to 2130 (South Wairarapa DC). Some families evacuated

Floods – West Coast

Greymouth Borough Flooding

Start

16 Sep 1988

Finish

22 Sep 1988

Greymouth Borough Flooding

Floods – West Coast

Runanga Borough flooding

Start

13 Sep 1988

02:39 PM

Finish

14 Sep 1988

Declared at 1439 for Runanga Borough

Floods – West Coast

Greymouth Borough and Grey County flooding

Start

13 Sep 1988

09:13 AM

Finish

16 Sep 1988

DRC appointed 16.9.88. Stock losses 1380 sheep, 80 cattle, 6 deer. The Grey peaked at 5800 cumecs

Floods – West Coast

Inangahua County Flooding

Start

13 Sep 1988

09:13 AM

Finish

14 Sep 1988

One death. 356 people evacuated from 183 houses. Insurance claims $15.6m (1994) excluding EQC.

Floods – Manawatu - Wanganui

Manawatu/Foxton flooding

Start

02 Sep 1988

Finish

03 Sep 1988

Kopane/Lockwood area of Manawatu County

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