More flood misery for Christchurch

Flooding in Flockton St, Christchurch. Photo: supplied
Flooding in Flockton St, Christchurch. Photo: supplied
Flood-ravaged Christchurch is under deluge again today, with 50mm falling in the past 24 hours, heavier than was forecast.

The Heathcote River has breached its banks in places, causing some road closes, Christchurch City Council says.

The Flockton Basin area, flooded three times in less than two months, is again under water in many places.

Flood-waters on roads and parks may be contaminated, the council has warned.

Residents are being advised to avoid the water where possible or to wash their hands and remove and wash any clothing that gets wet.

Drivers have been asked to slow down when driving through flooded areas as vehicle wake can send waves into homes and businesses.

Extra care needs to be taken when driving on Cressy Terrace/Park Terrace, Lyttelton due to slips.

Geotechnical consultants are monitoring known risk areas.

"The council is asking people in hillside areas to be vigilant, and keep an eye out for any telltale signs of land instability, including new cracking to land, buildings, driveways or paths; existing cracks that get longer, wider or deeper; leaning or bulging of retaining walls; or rockfalls.

If anyone notices changes, or has concerns, they are being urged to call the council's call centre on 941 8999, or 0800 800 169.

Road closure information is continually changing. For up-to-date traffic information throughout Christchurch city and Banks Peninsula, please visit the Transport for Christchurch website at www.transportforchristchurch.govt.nz

Road closures covered by temporary traffic management:

Carrick Street

Thornton Street

Archer Street

Harrison Street

Whareoa Terrace (slip)

Fitzgerald Avenue Northbound left lane closed

Owles Terrace Pages Road Collingwood Street

Aylesford Street, Hills-Westminster

Speight Street

Flockton Street, Warrington Street-Westminister Street

Fifield Terrace St Martins Road to Beckford Road

Richardson Terrace McKenzie-Opawa

Clarendon Terrace - Sheldon-Opawa

Aynsley Terrace - Garlands-Centaurus

Smith Street

Riverlaw Terrace Armstrong Avenue - Tennyson Street

Eastern Terrace - Birdwood Avenue to Waltham Road

Waimea Terrace Colombo Street Birdwood Avenue

Earnlea Terrace

Hunter terrace Colombo to Malcolm Avenue

Deans Ave Riccarton Road Moorehouse Avenue

Little River Road

Martindales Road -

Slater Street,

Warrington Street, Hills-Barbadoes

Squire Street

Harrison Street

Barbados Street- adjacent to Edward Avenue

Edward Avenue Barbados to Geraldine street

Summit Road, Sign of the Kiwi to Gebbies Pass

Brittan Terrace Above the port is open to light vehicles only

Western Valley Road Little River to Port Levy

State Highway 75/Hilltop Road Cooptown to Barrys Bay

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