Evacuated Selwyn Huts residents can return to homes

Selwyn Huts residents can now return home. Photo: RNZ
Selwyn Huts residents can now return home. Photo: RNZ
Selwyn Huts residents who self-evacuated yesterday can now return to their homes.

The high flows in the Selwyn River overnight, which peaked at Selwyn Huts about 10am today, was not observed to have overtopped the stopbanks near the Huts, Selwyn Civil Defence local controller Helene Faass said. 

Faass said Civil Defence is aware of at least 10 people who self-evacuated from the Selwyn Huts area yesterday.

They also received reports last night of a small number of houses affected by flooding in areas including Hororata, Kirwee, Sheffield and Darfield.

The total number of affected properties is not known at this stage. Civil Defence and Selwybn District Council staff will be following up on flooding reports today.

Anybody who has had floodwater through their home and has not already contacted the xouncil, should call 0800 SELWYN (0800 735 996) so that any appropriate support and assessments can be arranged.

Faass said the Selwyn River level is dropping but remains high and fast-flowing in its lower reaches, including at Coes Ford.

Major bridges, including the Leeston Bridge and the SH1 bridge, remain open and unaffected.

Much of the surface flooding across the district has receded but a number of roads have been damaged by floodwater.

Contractors are working as quickly as possible to make these safe until permanent repairs can be made, Faass said.

Derretts Rd, Homebush Rd and Malvern Hills Rd reopened this morning. Watsons Rd and Washpen Rd remain closed, while inspections are in progress at Pig Saddle Rd and Scotts Rd (Hororata).

Kowai Rd is passable but has significant damage. Hanmer Rd has a tree down but this has been cleared from the road.

Snow clearing will be undertaken today on Algidus Rd and Harper Rd

Floodwater may remain on local roads and drivers are urged to be cautious, Faass said.

Check latest updates from Waka Kotahi NZTA here.

The latest MetService updates can be found here.

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