Date: 4:50PM Friday 21 July 2017. (Above photo is the Ashley Bridge) (How is flooding affecting you? Please tell us at admin@rangiora.co.nz )

Canterbury has been hit with torrential rain and many areas around Rangiora are now experiencing flooding.

The Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) at the Rangiora Service Centre has been opened by the Waimakariri District Council(WDC) as a precaution. See below for updates taken from the WDC facebook page. Residents who need assistance can contact the Waimakariri Council on 0800 965 468 but it’s also recommended residents check the WDC facebook page for updates.

Star.kiwi is reporting various road closures and has their own photos and videos of flooding.

We have photos showing the Ashley River is getting higher, and Lineside Road is experiencing flooding:

The section of SH1, North of the Ashley River is reported closed on the NZTA website.

 

Ashley River

Lineside Road

Sandbags are being organised and prepared from two locations by the WDC. It’s been advised by the WDC that Rangiora is mainly being hit by blocked drains. Of 70 call outs it’s reported only one property was breached by water.

NZTA informs there are lane restrictions and a 30km/h speed limit due to flooding on State Highway 1 north of the Ashley Bridge near Broad Road. Extra time should be allowed for travel on ALL roads this afternoon if you have to be on the roads.

The Waimakariri river broke it’s banks before in 1926. But recent investments have been placed into stopbanks. The Waimakariri District Floods zone map maps most of Rangiora town as being at risk of little to no hazards. However much of the area outside if prone to flooding, including Lineside Road which is one of the main routs people take to get to Rangiora. It was also suggested in 2016 that 2700 North Canterbury properties could be at risk of flooding but this appeared mainly to be in Kaiapoi.

Neighbouring Ohoka had had their farmer’s market cancelled today Friday due to proposed weather conditions for the first time in 8 years.

It has been reported on Facebook by somebody that this section of Rangiora Woodend Road is flooded. One car has apparently gone off the road here:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rangiora Leithfield Road north of Sefton, and Toppings Road going into Sefton has also been reported by facebook users to have significant flooding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residents can keep up to date on flood information with help from the Waimakariri District CouncilCivil Defence Emergency Management Canterbury facebook pages.

 


Waimakariri Council Updates

The Waimakariri Council has reported the following on their facebook page as of Saturday 8:09 AM:

SATURDAY UPDATE 7.30AM – Good morning everyone. As you can see, the weather is still atrocious. Please take extreme care on the roads, and avoid traveling if possible. We’ll have a full update once it gets light and our teams can survey the situation.

FINAL FRIDAY UPDATE 7.30PM:

Civil Defence is asking road users to slow down. Civil Defence teams have been active in the district this evening surveying flooding and road conditions. Nearly all roads in the district have surface flooding, and drivers have been observed travelling too quickly and losing control of their cars. All non-essential travel should be avoided until conditions improve. A full list of current road closures can be found below.

Waimakariri District Council activated the Civil Defence EOC earlier this afternoon as a precaution due to the heavy rainfall over the last 24 hours. The district is NOT currently under a state of emergency.

Civil Defence rescue teams have visited properties around the district and distributed sandbags. Fortunately, they have found very little flooding within homes, but they will remain on high alert overnight. Civil Defence has also set up operations posts in Kaiapoi & Rangiora. These will be local staging points for distributing sandbags if required and offer support to any residents affected by flooding, these will shortly close for the night and reopen 8am Saturday morning.

Kaiapoi Civil Defence Post is based at the Kaiapoi Rugby Club Rooms, 12 Smith Street
Rangiora Civil Defence Post is based at the Rangiora A&P Showground, Ashley Street

Residents can also call the Waimakariri District Council after hours on 0800 965 468 to report any issues or concerns.

ROADING CLOSURES & WARNINGS:

Most roads in the district have surface flooding – please drive to the conditions and adjust your speed appropriately.
ALL fords are currently CLOSED.
Tippings Rd and Swamp Rd, Cust are both CLOSED.
Broad Road is CLOSED between Harleston Rd and State Highway 1.
Carleton Rd is CLOSED (500m south of the speedway)
Kennedys Hill Rd is CLOSED between Oxford Rd and Terrace Rd
Pattersons Road (Cust) is CLOSED
Surface water all along Oxford Rd from east of McIntoshs Rd to the Cust River, with large potholes being formed.
Surface water on Oxford Rd west side of Bennetts Rd.
Surface water on Depot Rd from Woodstock Rd to Rockford Rd.
Upper Sefton Road is now open however, please avoid if possible as there is still a lot of surface flooding.
The water race adjacent to Garterys pit has broken out and is flooding the pit.
The Cust River has broken out and is flooding Pattersons Rd.
The Dockey Creek is flowing and the pipes crossing Johns Rd are at capacity.
There is widespread surface flooding across the whole network and our crews will continue to monitor conditions overnight.

WELFARE

The Kaiapoi sewer pumpstation that serves the Cridland Street area and surrounds had a pump fail today. The pump has been replaced, however the system will take some time to recover.

Portaloos are being put out in Cridland Street, for any residents who are having trouble with their toilets as a result of the problems with the sewer system. In Kaiapoi, we have deployed temporary stormwater pumps in Dudley Drain,
Feldwick Drain and Macintosh Drain to help improve drainage capacity during the king tides.

If residents are concerned about flooding or water entering their home, they can contact Waimakariri District Council for assistance with sandbags. 0800 965 468

4,5pm UPDATE: If you are heading home from work, please be very careful on the roads. There is a lot of surface flooding that will be very difficult to see in the dark. Slow down and drive to the conditions.

4.15pm UPDATE: The Transport Agency are advising road users to avoid any unnecessary travel on State Highway 1 between Christchurch and Oamaru. Many parts of the road are near impassable and conditions are treacherous. Essential travel is recommended only and roads may close at short notice.

4pm UPDATE: Broad Road is now CLOSED between Harleston Rd and State Highway 1.

3.45pm UPDATE: Upper Sefton Road is now open however, please avoid if possible as there is still a lot of surface flooding.

3.30pm UPDATE: Rangiora Library will be closing at 5pm tonight.

1.30pm UPDATE: Upper Sefton Road between Toppings & Broad Roads has been CLOSED due to flooding. A detour is in place via Toppings Road – please follow on-road signage.
•Carleton Rd is CLOSED (500m south of the speedway)
•Kennedys Hill Rd is CLOSED between Oxford Rd and Terrace Rd
•Pattersons Road (Cust) is CLOSED
•The Ashley River is bank to bank in the Ashley Gorge.
•All fords on the Eyre River are CLOSED.
•All fords in North Ashley are now CLOSED.
•The water race adjacent to Garterys pit has broken out and is flooding the pit.
•The Cust River has broken out and is flooding Pattersons Rd.
•The Dockey Creek is flowing and the pipes crossing Johns Rd are at capacity.
There is widespread surface flooding across the whole network and contractors are monitoring conditions.

12.45pm Update: NZTA advise there are lane restrictions and a 30km/h speed limit due to flooding on State Highway 1 north of the Ashley Bridge near Broad Road. Please allow extra time for travel on ALL roads this afternoon if you have to be on the roads.

12.00pm Update:
Kennedys Hill Road has been CLOSED from Oxford Road to Terrace Road.

11.15am Update:
Patersons Road, Cust is CLOSED. Please be aware there may be more closures and we will update as we get information through from our contractors however most roads in the district have some surface flooding – please adjust your speed appropriately.

These fords are currently CLOSED
• Rangiora – Leithfield Ford,
• Board Rd Ford and
• All fords over the Eyre River
• All fords in the North Ashley area

10AM – Latest update from our contractors:

•The Ashley River is bank to bank in the Ashley Gorge.
•All fords on the Eyre River are now closed.
•All fords in North Ashley are now closed.
•The water race adjacent to Garterys pit has broken out and is flooding the pit.
•The Cust River has broken out and is flooding Pattersons Rd.
•The Dockey Creek is flowing and the pipes crossing Johns Rd are at capacity.
•There is widespread surface flooding across the whole network and our crews are monitoring conditions.

Please consider whether you need to travel until conditions ease and drive to the conditions.


Civil Defence Updates

Updates from Civil Defence Canterbury facebook page as of 4:49 PM:

Another update on Canterbury State Highways. Current as of 1245-1300. –Gavin

• SH79 Fairlie to Geraldine – Flooding – Road Closed – Southbound traffic use State Highway 1 onto State Highway 9. Reverse for northbound traffic

• Route 70 – Inland Kaikoura Road (Waiau to Kaikoura) – Slips – Road Closed – Due to multiple slips and rockfalls

• SH1 Hundalee to Kaikoura – Earth Quake Damage – Road was closed, but is now reopening. This is currently the only route in/out of Kaikoura.

• NEW: SH77 Ashburton to Methven – Flooding – Due to adverse weather conditions the road may close at short notice. Road users are advised to avoid unnecessary travel and to take care at all times

• SH75 Duvauchelle to Takamatua – Slip – Road is open to one lane under Stop / Go control. Road users are advised to take extra care

• UPDATE: SH75 Little River to Tai Tapu – Flooding – The road between Little River and Tai Tapu has multiple sections of priority Give Way. Road users are advised to take extra care

• SH7 Lewis Pass (Springs Junction to Tekoa Range) – Flooding – Road users are advised to take extra care

• UPDATE: SH 1 Waipara – SH7 Junction to Woodend – Flooding – Due to flooding there are lane closures and a 30km/h temporary speed restriction in place near the intersection with Broad Road. Road users are advised to take extra care