17th January, 2017
West Coasters are being urged to keep a watchful eye on the weather following warnings and watches issued by Metservice.
Metservice has officially warned that the West Coast is expected to face heavy rain.
In Westland a prolonged period of heavy rain is expected from this
evening until Thursday morning of up to 300 – 400 millimetres in the
ranges, and 90 – 140 millimetres near the coast. Peak intensities of 30 –
40 millimetres per hour are expected, with possible thunderstorms.
In Buller a period of heavy rain is expected from midday Wednesday
until Thursday morning, with 50 – 200 millimetres of rain expected to
accumulate in the ranges, and 60 – 100 millimetres about the coast. Peak
intensities of 20 – 30 millimetres per hour are expected, with
In response to this, Civil Defence West Coast is working through
normal procedures to ensure if the predicted event eventuates we are
ready to respond.
West Coast Regional Council Chief Executive Mike Meehan is
encouraging all Coasters to be aware of the warning and to keep up to
date with the latest updates via the Metservice website. “We will have
Council staff monitoring river levels and working through flood warning
procedures as per normal.”
The Regional Council offers flood alerts via Twitter. The rivers
linked to provide this information include the Karamea, Mokihinui,
Buller, Grey, Hokitika and Waiho Rivers. Flood alerts are another tool
that will share updates with the public when a river goes through its
alarms levels. To register to receive a Twitter flood alert visit www.wcrc.govt.nz/floodalerts.
“If possible avoid travelling during this time,” said Mr Meehan.
“However, if you have to travel please take care, be prepared and watch
out for rising waterways and take care in coastal areas.”
Michael Meehan | Chief Executive Officer | West Coast Regional Council | 021 289 8636