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June 2015 Otago Flood ( 2015-06-03 )

A low pressure system to the southeast of the South Island bought heavy rainfall to coastal Otago on 3 June 2015. Every coastal catchment from Oamaru south to Balclutha experienced some degree of flooding during this event.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims for the storm total $28.6 million.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:45 pm 02-Jun-2015. BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE NORTHWEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, ALSO MT TARANAKI, TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY, NORTHERN GISBORNE, CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN. A large complex low over the Tasman Sea is forecast to cross central New Zealand during Wednesday and early Thursday. North to northwesterlies with periods of heavy and possibly thundery rain are expected to affect northern and central New Zealand tonight and Wednesday, with southeasterlies and rain developing about the lower South Island.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:55am 03-Jun-2015 PERSISTENT RAIN ABOUT CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY), WITH BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN ABOUT NORTHERN TARANAKI.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 12:06pm 03-Jun-2015 PERSISTENT RAIN ABOUT CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY), WITH BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN ABOUT NORTHERN TARANAKI. Amendment to warning to highlight heavy rain amounts about Dunedin City.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:48pm 03-Jun-2015 PERSISTENT RAIN ABOUT CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN EASING EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

Otago

FloodingFlooding at Dunedin
Map Location: -45.87911 170.502707
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAbout 175 millimeters of rain fell in the 24 hours from 4am 3 June to 4am 4 June. This exceeded the one-in-100 year flood level which was 120mm during 24 hours.

CommentThe South Dunedin area was badly affected by widespread and prolonged flooding as a result of the rainfall which fell on 3 June. Other areas affected included low-lying coastal areas, such as Kaikorai Valley, Brighton, Mosgiel and North East Valley.

CommentThe deluge washed away roads, caused slips, left debris strewn across the city, and contaminated water with sewage.

CommentMore than 3000 calls were fielded by the Dunedin City Council's call centre. The Fire Service responded to 345 events on 4 June, with 90 per cent of those in the South Dunedin area. An additional 20 police officers were assigned to South Dunedin to deter any would-be looters.

CommentThe army helped volunteers desperately sandbag 100 houses in the Dunedin seaside suburb of St Kilda as water threatened to devastate the properties.

CommentThe Civil Defence Welfare Committee set up a welfare centre at the South Dunedin Presbyterian Church.

CommentAll kindergartens, primary and intermediate schools in Dunedin were closed on 4 June. King's High School, Queen's High School and Taieri College were also closed.

Affected LifelineAbout 160 Dunedin households lost power because of either flooding damage to electrical equipment or the power was disconnected as a safety precaution.

EvacueesAbout 75 people were evacuated from the Radius Fulton rest home, on the corner of Eastbourne St and Hillside Rd, due to flooding.

EvacueesHouses in Cutten St, South Dunedin, were evacuated and Red Cross volunteers went door to door in the surrounding area to check on people.

CommentThe Forbuy Park Trotting Club meeting scheduled for Thursday night was abandoned due to flood damage to the track and stabling area.

LandslideLandslide at Dunedin
Map Location: -45.87911 170.502707
Comments:

Affected LifelineSlips on the Otago Peninsula caused much disruption, with Taiaroa Head and surrounding areas cut off by landslides. Two drivers had a lucky escape after their cars were swallowed by a sinkhole on the Otago Peninsula.

FloodingFlooding at Otago
Comments:

CommentThe NZTA issued a warning for drivers in other parts of Otago. There was flooding on parts of State Highway 8 between the Lindis Pass and Cromwell. At least nine roads in Clutha were closed: Lakeside Road at the railway underbridge, Akatore Road at Big Creek, Papatowai Highway at Caberfeidh Hill, Karoro Creek and Mt Wallace, Back, Springfield, Allison and Remote Roads.

Tasman-Nelson

FloodingFlooding at Nelson
Comments:

CommentMore than 50 millimetres of rain fell across the Nelson region between the morning of 2 June and morning of 3 June.

CommentTorrents of water flooded through properties, and paddocks were transformed into lakes in parts of rural Nelson.

FloodingFlooding at Cable Bay
Map Location: -41.1619417 173.4127083
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe school bus wasn't able to pick up children up from Cable Bay because of flooding.

References

Headline: Otago: What you need to know.
www.radionz.co.nz, 3 June 2015.
Headline: Police boost patrols to stop looting in floodhammered Dunedin.
www.stuff.co.nz, 4 June 2015.
Headline: Flooding wreaks havoc in Dunedin.
www.stuff.co.nz, 4 June 2015.
Headline: Flood will cost ratepayers: Cull.
www.odt.co.nz, 5 June 2015.
Headline: 'There was no road under the wheels'.
www.odt.co.nz, 5 June 2015.
Headline: Heavy rain causes flooding in rural Nelson.
www. stuff.co.nz, 3 June 2015.
Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)

June 2015 Otago Flood ( 2015-06-03 )

A low pressure system to the southeast of the South Island bought heavy rainfall to coastal Otago on 3 June 2015. Every coastal catchment from Oamaru south to Balclutha experienced some degree of flooding during this event.

New Zealand

Multi HazardMulti Hazard at New Zealand
Comments:

Insurance ClaimInsurance claims for the storm total $28.6 million.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:45 pm 02-Jun-2015. BURST OF HEAVY RAIN FOR THE NORTHWEST OF THE SOUTH ISLAND, ALSO MT TARANAKI, TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN BAY OF PLENTY, NORTHERN GISBORNE, CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN. A large complex low over the Tasman Sea is forecast to cross central New Zealand during Wednesday and early Thursday. North to northwesterlies with periods of heavy and possibly thundery rain are expected to affect northern and central New Zealand tonight and Wednesday, with southeasterlies and rain developing about the lower South Island.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:55am 03-Jun-2015 PERSISTENT RAIN ABOUT CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY), WITH BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN ABOUT NORTHERN TARANAKI.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 12:06pm 03-Jun-2015 PERSISTENT RAIN ABOUT CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN TODAY (WEDNESDAY), WITH BURSTS OF HEAVY RAIN ABOUT NORTHERN TARANAKI. Amendment to warning to highlight heavy rain amounts about Dunedin City.

CommentMetService SEVERE WEATHER WARNING 8:48pm 03-Jun-2015 PERSISTENT RAIN ABOUT CLUTHA AND DUNEDIN EASING EARLY THURSDAY MORNING.

Otago

FloodingFlooding at Dunedin
Map Location: -45.87911 170.502707
Comments:

Physical CharacteristicAbout 175 millimeters of rain fell in the 24 hours from 4am 3 June to 4am 4 June. This exceeded the one-in-100 year flood level which was 120mm during 24 hours.

CommentThe South Dunedin area was badly affected by widespread and prolonged flooding as a result of the rainfall which fell on 3 June. Other areas affected included low-lying coastal areas, such as Kaikorai Valley, Brighton, Mosgiel and North East Valley.

CommentThe deluge washed away roads, caused slips, left debris strewn across the city, and contaminated water with sewage.

CommentMore than 3000 calls were fielded by the Dunedin City Council's call centre. The Fire Service responded to 345 events on 4 June, with 90 per cent of those in the South Dunedin area. An additional 20 police officers were assigned to South Dunedin to deter any would-be looters.

CommentThe army helped volunteers desperately sandbag 100 houses in the Dunedin seaside suburb of St Kilda as water threatened to devastate the properties.

CommentThe Civil Defence Welfare Committee set up a welfare centre at the South Dunedin Presbyterian Church.

CommentAll kindergartens, primary and intermediate schools in Dunedin were closed on 4 June. King's High School, Queen's High School and Taieri College were also closed.

Affected LifelineAbout 160 Dunedin households lost power because of either flooding damage to electrical equipment or the power was disconnected as a safety precaution.

EvacueesAbout 75 people were evacuated from the Radius Fulton rest home, on the corner of Eastbourne St and Hillside Rd, due to flooding.

EvacueesHouses in Cutten St, South Dunedin, were evacuated and Red Cross volunteers went door to door in the surrounding area to check on people.

CommentThe Forbuy Park Trotting Club meeting scheduled for Thursday night was abandoned due to flood damage to the track and stabling area.

LandslideLandslide at Dunedin
Map Location: -45.87911 170.502707
Comments:

Affected LifelineSlips on the Otago Peninsula caused much disruption, with Taiaroa Head and surrounding areas cut off by landslides. Two drivers had a lucky escape after their cars were swallowed by a sinkhole on the Otago Peninsula.

FloodingFlooding at Otago
Comments:

CommentThe NZTA issued a warning for drivers in other parts of Otago. There was flooding on parts of State Highway 8 between the Lindis Pass and Cromwell. At least nine roads in Clutha were closed: Lakeside Road at the railway underbridge, Akatore Road at Big Creek, Papatowai Highway at Caberfeidh Hill, Karoro Creek and Mt Wallace, Back, Springfield, Allison and Remote Roads.

Tasman-Nelson

FloodingFlooding at Nelson
Comments:

CommentMore than 50 millimetres of rain fell across the Nelson region between the morning of 2 June and morning of 3 June.

CommentTorrents of water flooded through properties, and paddocks were transformed into lakes in parts of rural Nelson.

FloodingFlooding at Cable Bay
Map Location: -41.1619417 173.4127083
Comments:

Affected LifelineThe school bus wasn't able to pick up children up from Cable Bay because of flooding.

References

Headline: Otago: What you need to know.
www.radionz.co.nz, 3 June 2015.
Headline: Police boost patrols to stop looting in floodhammered Dunedin.
www.stuff.co.nz, 4 June 2015.
Headline: Flooding wreaks havoc in Dunedin.
www.stuff.co.nz, 4 June 2015.
Headline: Flood will cost ratepayers: Cull.
www.odt.co.nz, 5 June 2015.
Headline: 'There was no road under the wheels'.
www.odt.co.nz, 5 June 2015.
Headline: Heavy rain causes flooding in rural Nelson.
www. stuff.co.nz, 3 June 2015.
Insurance Council of New Zealand (www.icnz.org.nz/current/weather)