Christchurch Civil Defence Update #5 Wednesday 15 February 2017

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Christchurch Civil Defence Update #5

Wednesday 15 February 2017,

 

Update on fires.

 

Around 40 houses have been destroyed on Worsley Spur as additional staff continue to work through the night evacuating households at risk from the Port Hills fire.

 

Police and New Zealand Defence personnel are currently evacuating homes in the Kennedys Bush, Cashmere and Hoon Hay Valley roads as well as homes from the Sign of the Takahe to Victoria Park. The advice from Civil Defence is that if you have any concerns about your safety, leave your home.

 

The fire crossed Dyers Pass road this evening.

 

A welfare centre has been set up at Te Hapua Halswell Centre and the Nga Hau e Wha Marae is now open to residents evacuated.

 

INFORMATION SHARED

Latest Port Hills Fire update from the council as of 11:30pm:

• Around 40 houses have been destroyed on Worsley Spur as additional staff continue to work through the night evacuating households at risk from the Port Hills fire.
• Residents in the area from the Sign of the Takahe to Victoria Park should evacuate their homes immediately.
• The Port Hills fire has crossed Dyers Pass Road into Victoria Park.
• Police and the Defence Force are evacuating properties in the area. Authorities are also evacuating the south side of Cashmere Road to Kennedys Bush Road and to Hoon Hay Valley Road.
• There is a welfare centre at Te Hapua Halswell Centre, and Nga Hau E Wha marae, on Pages Road, is now also open for evacuees.

LATEST UPDATE FROM CIVIL DEFENCE

• Around 40 houses have been destroyed on Worsley Spur as additional staff continue to work through the night evacuating households at risk from the Port Hills fire.
• Police and New Zealand Defence personnel are currently evacuating homes in the Kennedys Bush, Cashmere and Hoon Hay Valley roads as well as homes from the Sign of the Takahe to Victoria Park. The advice from Civil Defence is that if you have any concerns about your safety, leave your home.
• Helicopters and fixed planes had been stood down for the night but fire crews remain on the ground closely watching and ready to act if the situation changes
• The fires are burning within an estimated 1,655 hectare area on both sides of the Port Hills, but not all of this area is alight as the fire has been extinguished in some locations. If a member of the public is concerned about a flare up overnight, which they believe may threaten lives or property, we advise them to call emergency services on 111.
• Around 300-400 people have been officially evacuated from homes in Worsley Road, Cracroft, the bottom of Hoon Hay Valley Road and the Westmorland area. Hundreds of others across the hills have self-evacuated as the fire spreads.
• The NZ Defence Force has also been deployed to support the response.

GENERAL INFORMATION

• If you are at all worried or uncomfortable remaining in your home, please evacuate. You can go to either of the city welfare centres for assistance.
• People are advised to stay away from the hills to allow emergency services access and ensure swift evacuation.
Orion remain on full alert, ready to respond to any issues with power supply as a result of the fires. It is possible that there will be further outages until the fire is fully extinguished.

STATES OF EMERGENCY DECLARED AT 1700 FEB 15TH

• Residents are being directed to Te Hāpua: Halswell Centre on Halswell Road.
• Firefighters are at the Christchurch Adventure Park, however the fire has not yet reached the village but is under considerable threat. 
• If people are worried about their safety they should to leave their homes. If widespread evacuation is needed, emergency services will inform residents directly.

ROAD CLOSURES

• NEW: Cashmere Road is closed west of Kaiwara Street through to Kennedys Bush Road.
• Hoon Hay Valley Road closed to traffic - residents can access properties
• Kennedys Bush Road is closed form the roundabout with Rock Hill Drive. This includes the southbound cycle track.
Worsleys Track from Worlseys Road is closed.
• Dyers Pass Road is closed between Hackthorne Road to Governors Bay Road. Use the Lyttelton Tunnel or Gebbies • Pass as the alternate route.
Summit Road is closed between Gebbies Pass and Rapaki Track.
• Old Tai Tapu Road is closed between Osterholts Road and Early Valley Road.
• Early Valley Road is closed.
• Holmes Road is closed.

• Emergency Services continue to request that people stay well away from the area and off the roads so that they can do their job and keep people safe. 
 • Recreational mountain bikers, walkers and runners should also stay off the Port Hills between the suburb of Huntsbury and (also including) Kennedys Bush.

Council updates here: https://www.ccc.govt.nz/the-council/newsline/show/1406
Traffic updates here: http://www.tfc.govt.nz/…/late…/port-hills-fire-update-600pm/
Full health warning here: 
https://ccc.govt.nz/the-council/newsline/show/1405
UPdates from Civil Defence here: https://web.facebook.com/ChristchurchCDEM

 

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