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Ex-cyclone Gita skims past Selwyn district

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Archived: 26 Feb 2018 2:07pm

Selwyn was fortunate to be spared the worst effects of ex-tropical cyclone Gita.

On Tuesday (February 21) evening the Council declared a Civil Defence State of Emergency in response to predicted extremely heavy rainfall and high winds. While the district received sustained rainfall which caused river levels to rise and some surface flooding, the forecast weather didn’t eventuate. By Wednesday (February 22) afternoon the declaration was lifted.

Selwyn Civil Defence local controller Helene Faass says the decision to declare on Tuesday evening was to allow the Council Civil Defence team to get on with the job and take action if it needed to.

“The rainfall didn’t reach predicted levels, however taking a precautionary approach and declaring meant we had access to powers and resources to evacuate low-lying settlements such as the upper and lower Selwyn Huts if necessary. We were also able to place other agencies on standby to assist,” she says.

Coes Ford, Chamberlains Ford and Whitecliffs campgrounds were closed to campers for two nights due to the high level of the Selwyn River.

The Council would like to thank the community for its support and cooperation during the extreme weather event. Thanks also to our community response teams, staff, contractors and volunteers for their work.

You can join Selwyn Gets Ready to receive vital emergency information relevant to the area where you live. Messages are sent via email and more urgent messages requiring immediate action will be sent to your mobile.

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