Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group is sending staff into the hill country north of Napier tomorrow morning (August 8) to assess the needs of people who have been without power since Saturday morning.
Unison says around 300 properties in the high country north of Napier are still without power and Hawke’s Bay CDEM is suggesting the affected people prepare for up to five days without power.
Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence Emergency Management Group Manager Ian Macdonald says anyone in urgent need of assistance should call 111. If they have concerns about power they should contact Unison on 0800 2 UNISON (0800 2 86476).
He says it is likely most residents in the area will be well-prepared for an event such as this, but if anyone needs assistance they should call Hastings District Council after 8am tomorrow on 06 871 5000.
Mr Macdonald says staff will visit a number of properties in the affected areas tomorrow to assess the situation. Hawke’s Bay CDEM Group will continue to monitor the situation in consultation with Unison.
“This will give us a good overview of how the affected people are coping and what assistance is required,” says Mr Macdonald.
It is understood there is access to the majority of properties via four-wheel drive.
Meanwhile, the Hawke’s Bay CDEM group will be working with the Ministry of Primary Industries and East Coast Rural Support trust tomorrow morning to assess any animal welfare needs.
State Highway 5 – the Napier-Taupo Road will remain closed until at least tomorrow morning.
State Highway 2 – the Napier – Wairoa Road is open but extreme care is needed.
Taihape Rd is still closed.
For more information see: www.hbemergency.govt.nz or visit Hawke’s Bay Emergency on Facebook or Twitter.
4 October 2017
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