31 May 2021

Live Canterbury flooding updates: Bridges collapse, hundreds of homes evacuated

7:53 pm on 31 May 2021

Timaru District Council has sent out an emergency alert to residents in the Coopers Creek catchment north of the Orari River, telling them to evacuate immediately due to flooding.

Those in low-lying areas were told to leave immediately, and go to higher ground.

Motorists were advised not to drive through flood waters, due to possible debris and road hole and potential contamination.

Evacuees can go to friends or family or to the Temuka Civil Defence Centre - Alpine Energy Stadium situated in the Temuka Domain or the Geraldine Civil Defence Centre situated at Geraldine High School.

Officials have been meeting this morning in response to the flooding disaster that has hit Canterbury since the weekend due to heavy rainfall.

If you have witnessed flooding and would like to share pictures or video with us, please email it to: iwitness@radionz.co.nz

Read back through latest updates here:

Where to go for official updates:

Remember, always call l 111 if you think your life or the lives of others are in danger.

These sites contain flooding updates for Canterbury areas, including emergency notices, road closures, river flow, flooding warnings and places to get more information:

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Photo: RNZ / Nate McKinnon