Invercargill experiencing effects of heavy rain

Invercargill and Southland are in the midst of dealing with an extreme weather event that may have an adverse effect on residents across the region.

A period of heavy rain in Southland has resulted in flooding in many parts of the region. A state of emergency has been declared for the Gore district and Emergency Management Southland is assessing rainfall in other parts of the region.

Group Manager Infrastructure Erin Moogan said Invercargill City Council staff were working hard to prevent disruption and keep the community safe.

“There are a few hazards out there at the moment due to the heavy rainfall, and I encourage everyone to exercise caution when out and about in the city, Bluff or travelling in the region.”

There are pockets of surface flooding across the city streets and in Bluff, and some areas where there could be potential contamination, she said.

There is also ponding to low-lying areas of Turnbull Thomson Park at Lindisfarne St.

“The area has been signed and cordoned off, but it is important that members of the public do not enter the ponding area for their own safety.

“No one should enter floodwaters for any reason. It can be incredibly dangerous and unpredictable. We also ask that everyone drive to the conditions, follow traffic signs, and use common sense while out on the roads,” she said.

The road at the Stead St pump station was severely potholed due to the heavy rain and water was flowing across it. Anyone travelling on this route should expect delays and take their time, Moogan said.

Floodwater was also fast-flowing in the Waihōpai River and Otepuni Creek, which could pose a danger to people travelling in those areas.

“We know this is an unsettling time for many people, given the flooding that has occurred in the region in previous years, but rest assured we are doing what we can to keep our community safe and limit the damage as best we can.

“Our crews have been responding to calls as quickly as they can and will remain on standby overnight in case of any further impacts.”

Emergency Management Southland will continue to update as nightfall approaches.