The sodden South Island is mopping up after a damaging storm
caused flooding and slips across the island.
Many residents around Christchurch spent today surveying
damage from flooding, yet again.
Pigeon Bay resident Pam Richardson, chair of the
Akaroa-Wairewa community board, said the area had received a
"real hammering"with the weather this year.
"It's obviously been a very miserable time for them.
"All around the place we've had considerable amounts of
Lyttelton and Banks Peninsula were hit hard. A large slip on
Canterbury Street in Lyttelton had caused damage to the area.
Greymouth suffered significant damage after winds of 140km/h
tore through the district with more bad weather expected.
Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said 60 houses had roofs
blown off in the wind overnight on Thursday and more rain was
"We are in full recovery mode racing against time against the
weather. We've got an aircraft hangar with planes in it that
has been totally demolished and a hall in Greymouth that has
been totally demolished," he said.
Mr Kokshoorn said the district would not be declaring a state
of emergency because there was no threat of loss of life.
More than 100mm of rain is forecast in Greymouth tomorrow and
firefighters and the public were racing to secure tarpaulins
"We'll get there. We've had to learn to be resilient, and
this is one more time we'll all just whip together to get us
up and running again."
On Thursday night 28 people sheltered in an emergency
evacuation centre at the Greymouth Baptist Church, and Mr
Kokshoorn said he expected more people to be staying in the
Nelson police attended 660 weather-related events before 8am
yesterday, including roofs torn from houses and trees blown
"We certainly got hit by the brunt of it," Area Commander for
Nelson Bays, Inspector Steve Greally said.
Blenheim and Kaikoura police attended 17 slips between the
two towns, and were still clearing them at 4pm today.
Neither area had any injuries reported from the storm.
Tasman District rivers had been monitored all day and the
Baton River, on the west bank of the Motueka Valley, reached
its largest flood level on record - estimated to be close to
a 50-year flood level.
Several communities in Golden Bay were cut off after slips
An extreme gust of wind ripped roofing off Nelson Hospital's
George Manson building.
Patients and staff from the hospital's intensive care unit
(ICU) were forced to relocate from the adjacent building,
after the dangling piece of metal was assessed as a safety
Nelson Hospital spokeswoman Katherine Rock said workers
removed the metal safely this afternoon, after the area was
Staff and patients were then moved back into the ICU.
Hospital services were not affected by the temporary
relocation, Ms Rock said.
- Sophie Ryan and Teuila Fuatai of APNZ