Live Flood Updates: News, Road Information, Updates From Councils, Emergency Southland

Feb 08, 2020

Welcome to What’s On Invers and What’s On Southland ongoing live flood updates including road information, updates from local councils and Emergency Management Southland, along with the news.

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Feb 8, 3:25 PM Gore District Council
The Mataura Community Centre has been a hive of activity over the past few days, with information for people affected by the flooding. Support agencies have been on site and locals have helped out volunteering with meals and other support. Kathy Scobie, left, and Jennifer Taylor have been among the volunteers helping with food for those in need. The centre is open until 6pm today.

Feb 8, 3 PM Emergency Management Southland
Teams of volunteers have joined the Southland Federated Farmers Farmy Army today to help flood-affected farms throughout the region. This work is only just beginning, and they’d love to hear from anyone who might be willing to volunteer. Either by registering on their website – or by showing up at one of the meeting points in the poster below. If you’re a farmer in need of help to clean up debris, register using this form: people affected by flooding will soon be able to apply to the Southland Mayoral Relief Fund for financial assistance if they have been impacted or disadvantaged and cannot get support or assistance elsewhere.

The Mataura Community Centre is now open, with plenty of supplies for those who need them. Please feel free to pop in and ask for whatever you need. They’ll be open until 6pm tonight. Extra rubbish collection services have been organised as the clean up begins. Contractors will be working every afternoon for the next seven days picking up rubbish from flood-affected properties in Mataura. A special rubbish collection is being organised for Ontario Street, Gore, today.

Remember to boil any water for drinking. More info on that here:

These people can email [email protected] for more information.

If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so at a BNZ branch or online:
Account No: 02-0924-0064987-006
Account Name: SDC – southland flood relief

Feb 8, 1 PM Southland District Council
WHEELIE BIN COLLECTION We are receiving calls about missed wheelie bin collections. The reason your bin wasn’t emptied was because the trucks couldn’t access the route due to flooding. Please bear with us. If you place any additional rubbish in bags and put them out the next red bin (rubbish) collection day they will be collected. Thank you for your co-operation.

Lots of people are embarking on a big clean up effort today. Remember, wash your hands often, and: • Don’t eat any vegetables from gardens which have been affected by floodwater. • Dispose of any food which has been exposed to floodwater, including food in cardboard packaging. • If power has been out for more than two days, dispose of food from the freezer. IF IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT. This website has some good tips on how to clean your home:

Feb 7, 10 PM

Emergency Management Southland
Today the Government contributed $100,000 to the Southland Mayoral Relief Fund. People, businesses and organisations affected by the flood who cannot get support elsewhere, can apply for one-off financial assistance from the fund.

Criteria for the fund will be agreed between Southland Mayors over the next week or so and will be available on our website

NZers wanting to donate to the fund can make a deposit into:
SDC – Southland flood relief, BNZ account no. 02-0924-0064987-006

The fund was originally set up to assist people to recover from the extensive 1984 Southland floods.

Feb 7, 7:30 PM

Emergency Management Southland
Because the waters are receding, contractors have been able to assess, clear and make temporary repairs on another detour route from Fortrose to Rimu Seaward Downs Road/ Edendale Seaward Downs Road intersection. From there motorists have the option to travel west towards Invercargill or north towards Edendale.

As note, some of the road has had repairs and extreme care should be taken when using any detours during this time.

If you see damage to stream or stop banks on your property following the floods this week, please let Environment Southland know. Email [email protected] or call 0800 768 845.

Gore District Council
Rubbish collection in Mataura has started – our contractors will be working every afternoon for the next seven days picking up rubbish from flood affected properties in the town. After that, the collection will be as required.

Flood affected properties in Ontario Street will be done tomorrow (Saturday)
Feb 7, 2 PM NZTA Road Update


  • SH 1 Milton, at the intersection of Butts Rd – Flooding – RESOLVED: The road is now clear.
  • SH 1 Gore to Clinton – Flooding – SH1 from Gore to Clinton is now OPEN. Expect minor delays.
  • SH 6 Frankton to Wye Creek – Flooding – SH6 has re-opened following an earlier closure. There will be various temporary speed restrictions in place through this area. Caution is advised when travelling through this route.
  • SH 8 Roxburgh, at Slaughterhouse Creek – Flooding – Due to flooding SH 8, there are multiple Stop / Go traffic management sites with 30 km/h speed restriction in place. Road users are advised to expect minor delays and to drive with caution.
  • SH 90 Waikoikoi to Tapanui, from the intersection of Koi Rd to Station Rd – Flooding – SH 90 has re-opened following an earlier road closure. There is a 30 km/h temporary speed limit in place through this area. Take extra care.


  • SH 1 Mataura to Gore – Flooding – Due to surface flooding in this area, the road is open under a 30 km/h temporary speed restriction. Please take care and allow extra time for your journey.
  • UPDATE: SH 93 Clinton to Mataura – Flooding – RESOLVED: The road is now clear.
  • SH 94 Milford to Te Anau – ROAD CLOSED – Flooding – SH 94 is CLOSED from Cascade Creek to Chasm due to extensive damage, expected to remain CLOSED until at least Wednesday 12th. Anyone requiring access to recover vehicles from Divide contact Milford Alliance on 03 249 7004.
  • SH 94 Gore to Mandeville (Waimea Hwy) – Due to recent flooding there is a 30 km/h temporary speed restriction in place. Take care when driving through this route as some surface water may remain.
  • SH 94 The Key, between Hillside – Manapouri Rd and Blackmount – Redcliff Rd – Flooding – Due to surface flooding through this area, the road is now open with a 30 km/h temporary speed restriction in place. Caution is advised along this route.

Feb 7, 10 AM Emergency Management Southland

An update on the roading situation in southern Southland:

The Tokanui Gorge Road between Gorge Road and Fortrose is still closed. A detour route is available between Wyndham and Tokanui via Wyndham Letter Box Road and Mataura Island Fortrose Road to Waimahaka and onwards to Tokanaui or Fortrose.

Mataura Island Road is still closed at Mataura Island.

If you are heading north to Mataura access between Wyndham and Mataura is available along Wyndham Road.

The focus around this area will be to re-establish connections, when water recede sufficiently through Mataura Island to link up with Seaward Downs Gorge Road which provides an alternative route between Gorge Road Township and Fortrose.

We will continue to update as information comes in.

Feb 7, 9:20 AM Emergency Management Southland
The road to Te Anau is open on SH94 but because of surface flooding through The Key, between Hillside – Manapouri Road and Blackmount – Redcliff Road, there is a 30 km/h temporary speed restriction in place. Caution is advised along this route. SH94 is closed from Cascade Creek to Chasm due to extensive damage, and is expected to remain closed until at least Wednesday 12 February.

Feb 7, 9:20 AM All Mataura residents return

This is an official message from Emergency Management Southland.

All Mataura residents were able to return to their properties from 6pm Thursday when the cordon surrounding the town was lifted.

Emergency Management Southland Controller Angus McKay said around 30 Mataura properties were flooded, and temporary accommodation has been provided for any affected families. In Gore, residents have been able to return to the 12 properties flooded in Ontario St, following a pumping operation to remove the water.

Pumping is underway in Mataura to remove water from flooded areas and there may be delays and obstructions for local traffic, as well as noise from the operations. There are also a few Mataura properties without power because of floodwater effects or concerns over safety. People are advised to go to the Mataura Community Centre if they need help because of property damage or other issues. This hub will remain open for as long as necessary.

In three severely affected rural areas MPI and the Rural Support Trust are contacting farmers to check how they are coping and whether they need additional support.

All state highways are now open with detours and speed restrictions in many areas – NZTA and AA websites have the latest updates. Many local roads are still closed or have speed restrictions. Drivers are reminded to take special care, obey all signs and instructions and not to drive through flooded areas.

All rivers in the district have peaked and have reducing flow volumes. Stop banks are being checked for structural integrity and so far, there are no issues. Engineers are having to wait for flow volumes to recede to check all stop banks. Weather conditions in Southland are forecast to improve over the next few days, and although a band of rain is forecast for Saturday morning and again on Sunday, these are not expected to cause issues.

Feb 7, 8:44 AM Emergency Management Southland
Good morning everyone – we are working on pulling a comprehensive list of local road closures, particularly in the southern Southland area. The list will try to be specific to the different areas and we will also update the CD Southland website.
Contractors are going out around the roads to check what has happened over night.
We will update as soon as we find out more information. We are working on clarifying what this means in southern Southland for access to various places and will post on that as soon as we have a clearer picture.
All state highways except SH94 that goes into Milford Sound Piopiotahi are open.

Feb 7, 8:40 AM Message from Gore District Council
Good news this morning for Ontario Street residents and business owners – you will be able to get in to your properties at 8.00am. We know some of the buildings probably have had water in them – there will be a community support team in your street this morning. On our website there’s a handy info sheet and contact numbers for people returning home after being evacuated. Here’s the link ,,,

Feb 6, 9 PM  Roading Update
The road between Wallacetown and Lorneville (SH99) has reopened. There is a 30km/h temporary speed restriction in place. Take extra care.

Feb 6, 9 PM  Roading Update
The Southland District Council roading team has advised the road between Edendale and Wyndham will be opened at 7pm for light vehicles only. Speed restriction will be in place. Suitability for heavy vehicles will be assessed in the morning.

Wyndham Road and Wyndham Letter Box Road is also suitable for use however caution is advised as there is still an isolated section of the road with some flood waters partially covering lanes.

Roads in the lower Mataura and Oreti catchments:
We are still working on consolidating a list for these areas and in the meantime all roads should be driven with caution as the flood waters will take some time to recede. Flooding will persist in some areas after other sections of roads become accessible.

In Northern Southland:
Contractors have been able to get out to most of Northern Southland and have provided the following notification. All signs will be relocated first thing tomorrow morning to reflect these change unless other wise requested.

Roads to remain closed:
Ellis Road
McLean Road
Gallagher Road
Piano Flat Road
Ardlussa Cattleflat
Waipounamu Bridge Road
Otamita Gorge Road
Block Road
Roads speed restricted to 30kmh:
Nokomai Road
Blackmore Road
Felton Road
Roy Road
Tomogalak Road
Pyramid Waiparu Road
Plain Station Road
Riversdale Waikaia Road

Feb 6, 6:50 PM

Emergency Management Southland Update: MATAURA REOPENS

Mataura was reopened to residents at 6.00pm tonight.
There is still some areas of surface flooding.

The worst affected areas are:

  • Main Street  between the Caltex service station and Tullochs Transport,
  •  Oakland Street between Tulloch Park and Burns Street
  • Bangor Street
  • Bristol Street
  • Carteret Street
  • Dover Street
  • Carlyle Street
  • McConnell Street

There is also some localised ponding in Scott and Burns streets.

Some houses have had power disconnected, a letter has been left to advise the homeowner

There may be a number of properties that are inundated or un-inhabitable. These are properties without water, a flushing toilet, or excessive dampness that could cause respiratory issues.

People who need assistance or advice should go to the Mataura community centre, in McQueen Avenue, where a community support centre is being set up.

There will be staff from the Council and Emergency Management Southland, and other agencies.

  • There will be basic necessities available at the centre for those who need them.
  • There is a boil water notice in place for the town.
  • There will be a water tanker at the centre, from 8.00pm.
  • There will also be port-a-loos at the centre.

People are asked to drive carefully through any surface flooding to minimise water going into properties.

State Highway 1 is open through the town – a 30kph restriction will be in force. Debris may still be on roads around the town. Be careful and think of others.

Assessments this morning of the ouvea premix stored in the former Mataura paper mill found it has not been affected by flood waters.

An inspection by Council staff and FENZ was carried out. As well as finding there has been no flood waters enter the building, it was determined the mill was structurally sound.

The Alliance Group’s Mataura plant and the Mataura Bridge have also been inspected and cleared by emergency services and specialist personal.

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