Cars retrieved from Christchurch CBD

3:36 pm on 23 March 2011

Cars are beginning to be recovered from the Lichfield Street car park in earthquake-hit Christchurch, as police and urban search and rescue teams continue removing vehicles from the central city.

Senior Sergeant Graham Reeves it is a big job as there were thousands of cars in the central city when the fatal quake struck on 22 February causing severe damage to many buildings.

Mr Reeves says it is a difficult working environment, but police are examining the cordoned area grid by grid, identifying vehicles and making assessments to remove them safely.

If people have a car parked in the CBD, they should bring their keys and proof of identity to police who will register the vehicle.

Once retrieved, the vehicle will be kept in a secure car park until the owner claims it, Mr Reeves says.