Flood Precautions Urged
People living in low-lying areas of Christchurch, particularly along the Heathcote River, should take precautions
Conditions are expected to worsen in the area from Colombo Street along the Heathcote to the Estuary until the high tide
is due between 4-5pm. The Christchurch City Council's Water Services Manager, Allan Watson, said today that widespread
flooding was expected in streets in low-lying areas and in some low-lying properties, but the water should not enter
houses. "People are advised to take precautions by taking cars and any valuables out of garages and check all electrical
equipment garages and other buildings," he said. Although Mr Watson did not expect floodwater to enter houses. He said
people in low-lying areas could, as a precaution, lift valuables off floors. "We strongly urge people to take some
precautions. The police have been alerted in case evacuation is necessary. Anyone with any concerns about evacuations
should ring the Police on 379 3999," Mr Watson said. Further flooded streets include Aynsley Terrace, Bishopworth and
Brabourne streets and Ernlea Terrace.
Further information: David Gee, journalist: 371 1949.