17 Jul 2021

Mayor Jamie Cleine: State of Emergency on the West Coast

From Saturday Morning, 8:10 am on 17 July 2021

More than 600 homes have been evacuated in Westport as the Buller River threatens to breach its banks. Kim Hill spoke with Buller District Council Mayor Jamie Cleine in Westport, where voluntary evacuation became a mandatory order overnight for people in low-lying parts of Westport, as heavy rain caused surface flooding and slips. About 800 people have spent the night in welfare centres evacuated from their homes in Westport.