had been feared winds of 45-kilometres an hour would test control
lines and threaten property, but so far they have reached only
this afternoon's Civil Defence briefing, Nelson Tasman Civil Defence
group controller, Roger Ball, said on the whole the day had gone
I emphasize that the overall assessment is that the risk remains high
and residents of all evacuated areas should expect to be out of their
homes for some days to come.
will of course continue to assess the situation constantly and we
will update residents and the community with information as it comes
Ball said the focus of the afternoon has been to allow residents
access to their properties in the four valleys - Teapot, Sunrise,
Pigeon Valley and Eves.
3000 people have already been evacuated from Wakefield and the Eves,
Teapot, Redwood and Pigeon valleys but emergency services have put
400 residents of Wai-iti on notice for possible further evacuations
is a ban on the use of machinery that might strike a spark.
Prohibited activities include harrowing, gas cutting, welding and all
use of chainsaws and scrub cutters.
with animals on the south side of the cordoned area are advised to
join a special livestock convoy to take them to the Richmond