Immediate evacuation of Gore and Mataura underway
The following update has been released by Emergency Management Southland.
"The Mataura River is continuing to and Emergency Management Southland require people in the low lying areas of Gore and Mataura to EVACUATE IMMEDIATELY.
Residents of Wyndham and Riversdale are being asked to prepare to evacuate, if required.
People should go and stay with friends and family on higher ground. Before leaving, check on and share this information if doing so won’t delay you. Call 111 if you are in danger.
If you don’t have a place to go, please evacuate to either the Calvin Community Hub on Robertson Street, or the Croydon Lodge.
In Mataura, transport will be available from the Presbyterian Church to the Edendale Presbyterian Church and the Christian Activity Centre.
Take a grab bag with you containing medication, clothing and personal items including documents.
If you are evacuating with pet, ensure they are contained on a leash or in a cage and that you have food for them.
Stay away from flooded areas until Civil gives the all clear. Do not drive or walk through flood waters. The water may have washed away parts of the road and may contain debris. Tread all flood water as contaminated and unsafe."