Rain emergency AM UPDATE

The rain’s still falling and Christchurch is still in the middle of a Local State of Emergency.

A local state of emergency has been declared in Canterbury as heavy rain causes flooding across the region.

A local state of emergency has been declared in Canterbury as heavy rain causes flooding across the region.

Our tenancy team is calling ŌCHT tenants to check on safety and to see where we might need to respond to water issues.

Please give us a call on 0800 624 456 if there’s rain-related damage to your home or complex.

Many people have already contacted our call centre to report problems with rain water of localised flooding.

Our contractors are flat out responding to priority calls (we have to tackle the most urgent jobs first) and getting to all properties will take some time.

What can you do?

If water is getting into your home, please isolate the problem and call us on 0800 624 456 as soon as you can.

  • Place buckets under ceiling drips and protect the carpet beneath with a towel
  • Lay towels along the bottom of doors or windows if water is getting in
  • If water is getting near your appliances, please turn your appliance off and call us on 0800 624 456 straight away. Do not touch your appliance if it’s been affected by water.

Please be ready to describe the damage to our call centre team. This will help us get our contractors to where they are needed most urgently.

Thank you for helping us keep an eye on the weather’s impact on your ŌCHT communities. And please stay warm and dry!

Specific advice

Akaroa: People living in Akaroa are being asked to conserve water. The Christchurch City Council says the town’s drinking water is now being sourced from bores until the streams can be used again. There are no contamination issues with the drinking water at Akaroa so boiling is not currently needed.

ŌCHT has homes on Bruce Terrace and Rue Viard.

The high tide has caused flooding in Akaroa township. The council has contractors and staff on the ground and are working to ease the flooding.

Remember, if we need to contact you about an emergency situation at your complex, we’ll give you a phone call, a text message or we’ll visit.

Travel plans?

Travel’s not advised but if you have to hit the road, please keep an eye out for road closure signs. If you have to drive through flood waters, please drive slowly to avoid pushing water onto nearby properties.

Our friends at the Christchurch City Council say we shouldn’t walk or bike through floodwaters as they could be contaminated with wastewater.


Roads to remain closed

As at 10.30am, May 31, these roads in Christchurch City will remain closed at least until 9am tomorrow morning.

Avondale Rd – New Brighton Rd / Bassett St to Breezes Rd

Avonside Dr – Retreat Rd to Woodham Rd

Avonside Dr – Wainoni Rd to Torlesse St

Aynsley Tce – Centaurus Rd to Opawa Rd

Clarendon Tce – Full length

Cumnor Tce – Full length

Eastern Tce – Tennyson St to Malcom Ave

Eglinton St – Breezes Rd to Woolley St

Ford Rd – Opawa Rd to Newberry Rd

Green Lane – Full length

Hunter Tce – Malcolm Ave to end

Maces Rd / Ruru Rd – at the intersection

McCormacks Bay Rd – Full length

New Brighton Rd – Bower Ave to Pages Rd / Hawke St

Newport St – Emlyn Pl to Wainoni Rd

Oakridge Tce – Wales St to Nicholls St

Owles Tce – Hardy St to Collingwood St

Richardson Tce – Full length

River Rd –  North Parade to Banks Ave

Woolley St – Avondale Rd to Waratah St

Please visit the Christchurch City Council website for up-to-the-minute updates about city roads and facilities.

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