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Cyclone Gita - Local states of emergency

Wednesday 21 Feb - last updated 10:03 am

The state of local emergency in Westland District has been terminated.

Local states of emergency remain in place for Christchurch City, including Banks Peninsula, and Selwyn, Buller and Grey Districts, and the Taranaki and Nelson Tasman regions, due to the impacts of Cyclone Gita.

For more information about Christchurch City visit https://www.ccc.govt.nz/news-and-events/newsline/show/2416 

Updates about Selwyn District are available at http://www.selwyn.govt.nz/home-assets/whats-hot/severe-weather-event-information 

Updates about Buller and Grey Districts are available at https://westcoastemergency.govt.nz/ 

For information on the Taranaki region see https://www.facebook.com/TaranakiCivilDefence/ 

For information on the Nelson Tasman region visit https://www.facebook.com/nelsontasmancivildefenceandemergencymanagement/ 

While the worst weather has passed for most areas, heavy rain is still expected in South Canterbury and Otago today (Wednesday).

Remember to avoid non-essential travel during severe weather, and never drive through floodwaters.

Storm tips:

  • Secure, or move inside, anything that could cause damage in strong winds
  • Close windows and doors, close curtains to prevent injury from breaking windows
  • Stay inside and bring your pets inside. If you have to leave, take them with you
  • Listen to the radio and follow the instructions of emergency services
  • Avoid non-essential travel during severe weather, and never drive through floodwaters

Local Civil Defence information will be issued by your local Civil Defence Emergency Management Group. To find yours, visit www.civildefence.govt.nz/find-your-civil-defence-group/

For the latest weather information, visit www.metservice.com

In an emergency, always call 111.

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