Tag: Auckland Civil Defence

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Cook Update No.5: Storm Moving Off, Civil Defence Scaling Back

Storm moving away from the City

 

From Civil Defence:

Auckland Civil Defence scales back

 Cyclone Cook has largely left the Auckland region and, while there is still some rain and wind about, Auckland has escaped the worst of the weather system.

Auckland Civil Defence Head of Emergency Management Operations Aaron Davis says the cyclone’s track swung around to the east as it approached Auckland, largely heading away from the Auckland mainland.

“Cyclone Cook grazed Waiheke and Great Barrier islands with bands of rain and high winds. The Hunua Ranges and Clevedon coast also got some showers but not to the extent that we expected this morning.

“Unfortunately for the Bay of Plenty area, the weather system is heading their way.

“Aucklanders have responded amazingly today. They have made smart choices about their travel and, while this brought the afternoon peak forward, it allowed traffic to clear earlier.

“It is still important for people thinking about heading south for Easter weekend to cancel or delay travel to the Waikato (including Coromandel) and Bay of Plenty regions,” he says.

 

Impact on the Auckland region (over 24 hours)

  • 418 requests for service to the council’s Healthy Waters (stormwater) department, 240 of these were emergency calls.
  • The Auckland region has received 25-70mm of rain over the last 24 hours with 70mm falling in the west of Auckland and Great Barrier Island receiving 67mm.
  • There have been a number of small landslips and associated road closures.
  • No residents are completely isolated but some have limited access (largely in the south eastern part of the region).
  • Gulf Harbour and Rakino Island ferry services were cancelled and additional bus services were added to take Aucklanders home early.

Auckland Civil Defence has reverted from activation to monitoring status and will have two staff keeping an eye on the weather overnight. While for Auckland the worst of the weather is over for now, the following tips are important during heavy rain and storm events:

  • If you have to drive, drive to the conditions. Remember, never drive through floodwaters or attempt to drive over slips. Drive slowly, especially in areas prone to slips or flooding and in the dark.
  • If you get stuck in a flood, get out of your car and move to higher ground immediately, taking great care in the floodwaters (there may be unseen debris or holes, currents may be strong and water contaminated).
  • If driving at night, drive slowly, especially through flood-prone areas as you may encounter flooding at short notice.
  • If you live in an area that may be isolated, make sure you’re prepared with food, torches etc and you’ve checked in with neighbours, friends and family.
  • If your property or suburb may be affected by slips or power outages, prepare for the possibility that your road access may be cut off and ensure you have food and provisions on hand in case of isolation.
  • Never attempt to drive over slips and treat power lines as live at all times.
  • If there is an immediate risk to life or property contact the emergency services on 111.
  • Report blocked drains, flooding and trees down on public land to the council on 09 301 0101.
  • Check on neighbours and family, especially if they are in at risk areas or might be affected by flooding or slips.

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Advisory to Change Civil Defence App

For your information

 

From Auckland Council:

Aucklanders advised to change Civil Defence app

Auckland residents are being advised to change their current civil defence phone alert system to a new national Red Cross hazard app.

“We’re changing to a national platform for civil defence alerts and we’d like to encourage all Aucklanders to download the Red Cross hazard app so they can receive real-time alerts to help them stay safe in an emergency,’ says Councillor Sharon Stewart, Chair of the Auckland Council Civil Defence and Emergency Management Group Committee.

Auckland will join Northland, Waikato, Wellington and other regions using the Red Cross hazard app to push real-time emergency notifications. The Red Cross hazard system is also being used by other organisations such as Geonet and MetService.

“The new app is free to download from the Apple store or Google Play. After 30 June, the current Auckland Civil Defence device will be decommissioned and will no longer be used to pre-warn you if there is an emergency,” says Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management Director, John Dragicevich.

He says the app is just one channel used by Civil Defence for getting information out to the public in an emergency.

“The Red Cross hazard app will allow users to stay informed about hazards and risks through their mobile devices. However Civil Defence uses a range of different channels, including radio, television, SMS and social media to deliver timely information to make sure all New Zealanders know what they need to do to keep themselves, their whanau and their neighbours safe.”

Around 35,000 people currently subscribe to the Auckland Civil Defence app.

“We have had excellent service from the Auckland Civil Defence app, which has been in use for the past five years,” says Councillor Stewart.

“However, we are looking forward to being part of a national platform run by an internationally respected organisation, and the move will deliver savings for ratepayers. We hope more Aucklanders will be prompted to sign up so they can be alerted to any emergencies wherever they are,” she says.

You can find out more about the Red Cross hazard app here: https://www.redcross.org.nz/what-we-do/in-new-zealand/disaster-management/hazard-app/

 

Source: Auckland Council
Source: Auckland Council

 

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Civil Defence Update In Light of Power Failure

Rolling updates as it happens

 

From Auckland Civil Defence and Auckland Council

Civil Defence activated to assist with effects of substation power cut

Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management’s emergency coordination centre was activated early this morning to assist with managing the effects of the Penrose substation fire.

A number of Auckland suburbs are without power. Vector estimates it will take 24 to 48 hours to restore power to St Johns, Remuera, Sylvia Park and Mt Wellington.

Vector estimates the following areas could be restored this afternoon: Newmarket, Glen Innes, Onehunga and parts of Epsom.

Clive Manley, Civil Defence Controller says his priority is to provide assistance to those who are in most need and ensure that critical infrastructure continues to operate.

“We are in close contact with Vector, Transpower, Police and the Fire Service.”

“People who are medically dependent should have implemented their alternative arrangements. If they need additional help they should contact Vector 0508 VECTOR (0508 832 867) or if life-threatening, call 111.”

Civil Defence will provide updates through the day.

Follow Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter @AucklandCDEM. 

If you have a smartphone, you can receive instant updates from the Auckland Civil Defence app, available in your app store.

Go to aucklandcivildefence.org.nz/Alerting/Get-the-Applications

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More as the updates come through

 

Latest from Civil Defence

Updates from Civil Defence

As of 2:45pm from Civil Defence and Auckland Council

Road users urged to take caution

Although weather conditions have improved Auckland Civil Defence is asking drivers to take extra care on the roads with localised thunderstorms and rain expected between 3pm and 7pm.

The New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) is urging people to travel during daylight hours if they are going away for Easter. Slips and debris may be common on roads which will be dangerous at night.

Flooding along Tamaki Drive and in eastern bays communities has subsided with outgoing tides.  Tamaki Drive has been reopened and Civil Defence and other council staff are assessing the damage to approximately eleven properties which were impacted by the flooding.

Localised power outages are still affecting the region. As of 2pm approximately 17,000 properties were still affected.

NZ Fire Service has responded to approximately 340 weather-related calls across Auckland.

High tide is forecast for 9.12pm tonight.  The flooding that occurred at Tamaki Drive and in eastern bay communities this morning was due to very strong northeast winds driving the sea onshore.  Wind conditions are easing in Auckland this afternoon and no flooding is expected at high tide tonight.

Contractors and emergency services continue work to clear fallen trees and other debris.

Auckland Civil Defence is monitoring the weather situation and advises people to keep up to date with severe weather warnings and forecasts from MetService.

  • People should stay off the roads if possible.
  • Power and phone services may be disrupted.  We recommend you have a torch and a battery-powered radio so you can listen to weather alerts.

 

On the road drivers are urged to exercise caution:

  • Headlights on.
  • Drive to the conditions.
  • Keep a safe distance from the car in front.

 

For more information:

To keep updated, follow Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter @AucklandCDEM.

If you have a smartphone, please download the Auckland Civil Defence app to receive instant updates. Go to www.aucklandcivildefence.org.nz/Alerting/Get-the-Applications.

To keep up to date with outages, download Vector’s Outage Manager App from iTunes or Google Play. Go to http://www.vector.co.nz/outages. To download Counties Power’s App, go tohttp://www.countiespower.co.nz/.

 

Visit www.getthru.govt.nz for detailed information on what to do, before, during and after a storm.

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As of this morning from Civil Defence and Auckland Council

Flooding, debris and power cuts as storm hits

 

Auckland Civil Defence reminds Aucklanders to stay up-to-date with weather forecasts as severe weather impacts the region.
Extensive flooding has been reported on Tamaki Drive. Auckland Transport has closed the road from the Strand to Kohimarama Road. NZ Police and Fire Service are responding to flooding.
High tide was at 8.42am and tides are expected to ease over the next few hours.
Localised power outages, flooding and fallen trees continue to be reported around the region. Rainfall is expected to become more intense this morning. Wind gusts of 128 km/hr have been recorded.
The Auckland Emergency Coordination Centre is responding to incidents and scaling up staff to facilitate the response.
Auckland Civil Defence is monitoring the weather situation and advises people to keep up to date with severe weather warnings and forecasts from MetService.

” People should stay off the roads if possible.
” Power and phone services may be disrupted. We recommend you have a torch and a battery-powered radio so you can listen to weather alerts.

On the road drivers are urged to exercise caution:
” Headlights on.
” Drive to the conditions.
” Keep a safe distance from the car in front.

For more information:
To keep updated, follow Auckland Civil Defence and Emergency Management on Facebook and Twitter @AucklandCDEM.
If you have a smartphone, please download the Auckland Civil Defence app to receive instant updates. Go towww.aucklandcivildefence.org.nz/Alerting/Get-the-Applications.

Visit www.getthru.govt.nz for detailed information on what to do, before, during and after a storm.

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More as it comes

Stay safe out there folks and keep listening to updates from Civil Defence please. 

Auckland Transport Update

Latest from AT while Auckland rides through the weather

 

As of 12:15pm from AT

TRANSPORT UPDATE

All of Tamaki Drive has reopened except for Kohimarama between Averill Ave and Selwyn Ave where a local detour is in place. This section is expected to reopen around 2pm.

 

 

As of 11:20am from AT

AUCKLAND TRANSPORT UPDATE

Update on Tamaki Drive

Auckland Transport is working to re-open Tamaki Drive after this morning’s flooding.

The part of the road Ngapipi Road to Selwyn Ave will open shortly, followed by section from The Strand to Ngapipi.

All going well the remaining area Selwyn Ave to Averill Ave will re-open at around 2pm.

 

 

 

From Auckland Transport as of 10:30am

Bad weather disrupting roads and buses, trains not affected

This morning’s bad weather has closed some roads and is affecting bus services in Auckland.

This is the latest information:

“Tamaki Dr

  • Road closed between The Strand and Kohimarama Rd
  • All bus services detouring via Shore Rd/Kepa Rd
  • Major delays – Shore Rd currently bumper to bumper

” Remuera Rd – Greenlane/Ladies Mile Intersection

  • Traffic lights out at these intersections
  • Major delays in the area
  • Affects all Remuera Rd bus services

” Whangaparoa – By Marellen Dr

  • Partial road closure due to fallen trees

” Pt Chevalier – Selwyn Village

  • Road closure affecting 007 bus services

 

” Quay St – Lower Albert to Lower Queen St

  • Partial road closure but most buses remaining on route
  • City LINK from Wynyard Quarter detouring via Customs St
  • Some traffic getting funnelled into Britomart causing delays

” Meadowbank – Harapaki Rd – ROAD NOW OPEN

General delays apply to the entire bus network due to severe congestion on most arterial roads.

All train services are operating as per normal.

 

 

More updates as they come through

Stay safe out there folks and keep listening to updates from Civil Defence please.