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Wanganui Chronicle

Hi folks. All the latest information on road closures, safety messages, advice and any changes to the situation is updated on the Wanganui District Council's Facebook page:


Wanganui District Council

Council's visionWhanganui: Leading EdgeDeeply united, Globally connected, Powered by creative smarts, Flowing with richness, Works for everyone
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Police are appealing for information related to this morning knife point robbery at the Victoria Ave McDonalds. Here's the latest:


Aggravated robbery at Victoria Ave McDonalds - Wanganui Chronicle - Wanganui Chronicle News
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Wanganui Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at McDonalds on Victoria Avenue this morning. - Wanganui Chronicle
 

Wanganui Chronicle

BRIDGE UPDATE: The City Bridge is now open to all traffic. Please be aware that there are still plenty of urban and rural roads that are closed.
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Police are investigating an aggravated robbery at Victoria Ave Wanganui:


Attempted robbery at Victoria Ave McDonalds - Wanganui Chronicle - Wanganui Chronicle News
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McDonalds on Victoria Ave has been cordoned off after an attempted robbery at knife point earlier this morning. - Wanganui Chronicle
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Good morning Whanganui. Here's the latest information we have. The Dublin St bridge is open, and the city bridge will be assessed today. The Aramoho foot bridge is still closed. The urban roads still closed are: Taupo Quay, between Bates Street and St Hill Street; Drews Avenue and Market Place, between Rutland Street and Taupo Quay; parts of Anzac Pde; Ikitara Road; Purua Street; Mt View Road; Glasgow/Harrison Street intersection. SH3 is open in both directions, but caution is...
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Rangitikei recovery begins:


Rangitikei recovery begins - Wanganui Chronicle - Wanganui Chronicle News
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Rangitikei is now moving into recovery mode but it could take months to fix the district's roading. Nearly 20 roads remained closed as slips and lifted roading are still prevalent - Wanganui Chronicle
 

Wanganui Chronicle

The Wanganui Community Choir is putting on a special performance of their concert at Heritage House, St Hill St, at 7pm tonight. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors and $10 children - and $2 from every ticket will go towards flood relief. Come along and hear some choral favourites and excerpts from The Pirates Of Penzance.


 

Wanganui Chronicle

Video: City College students were out helping the clean up effort at Putiki today:


City College helpout - Video - Wanganui Chronicle Videos
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Wanganui's City College is helping clean up the streets in Putiki after the flooding.
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Latest updates from council and police:
*We have just been advised that the Dublin Street Bridge is definitely now open.
*The Durie Hill Elevator is closed due to a slip near the bottom of the elevator.
*No 3 Line in Wanganui East is only accesssible at the Kaimatira Road end.
*Whanganui Police are requesting community-organised clean up crews not enter the cordoned areas of Anzac Parade, Wanganui East and the central business district. Flooded areas are still being assessed and until...
 

Wanganui Chronicle

We are getting conflicting reports about whether the Dublin St bridge is open or not. Please assume it is closed until we know for certain. Meanwhile, Powerco has let us know that the number of properties without power has reduced to 650 in the Whanganui district. Those properties are in remote or cut off areas which are difficult to reach, and it may be a few days before contractors can reach those areas.
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Good morning Whanganui! Latest update on the flood situation:


Wanganui's clean up begins - Wanganui Chronicle - Wanganui Chronicle News
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Wanganui will begin cleaning up today after the worst floods ever recorded. - Wanganui Chronicle
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Hi folks. These are the schools that we've heard will be closed tomorrow. Please comment below if you know of others that are closed.
*Aberfeldy School
*Aramoho School
*Brunswick School
*Castlecliff School
*Cullinane College
*Durie Hill School
*Fordell Pre-School
*Fordell School
*Kaitoke School
*Kai Iwi School
*Marton School
*Okoia School
*Putiki Kindy
*St Anne's School
*Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Te Atihaunui a Paparangi
*Upokongaro School
*Wanganui City College
*Wanganui East...
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Some flooding footage from earlier: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503426&gal_cid=1503426&gallery_id=151564


Wanganui Flooding - Video - Wanganui Chronicle Videos
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Flooding of Wanganui CBD on Saturday and Sunday June 2015. Video Bevan Conley
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Wanganui floods- the view from the sky:


Wanganui floods- the view from the sky - Wanganui Chronicle - Wanganui Chronicle News
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On the ground it was a nice day and the sun shone for the first time in days. - Wanganui Chronicle
 

Wanganui Chronicle

We hope everyone is staying warm and dry! Please let us know how things are your place today - we'd love to see your photos and hear your comments.
 

Wanganui Chronicle

The latest advice from Civil Defence:


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At a Civil Defence briefing this morning, some advice was given for Wanganui residents dealing with the aftermath of yesterday's big floods: - Wanganui Chronicle
 

Wanganui Chronicle

At a Civil Defence briefing this morning. Whanganui is still cut off in all directions - NO roads out of Whanganui are open. Whanganui East is completely isolated. The only bridge open is the Cobham, but you can't go anywhere from there. Please treat all floodwaters as contaminated.


 

Wanganui Chronicle

Here's the latest on the flooding. We'll be updating you throughout the day: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503426&objectid=11468718


Wanganui's largest flood on record - Wanganui Chronicle - Wanganui Chronicle News
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Wanganui residents are waking up to the city's biggest flood in recorded history. - Wanganui Chronicle
 

Wanganui Chronicle

UPDATE: A state of emergency has been declared in Whanganui.

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Wanganui District Council

Latest update on the weather event:Local emergency declaredMayor Annette Main has declared a local emergency for the Wanganui District. Mayor Main said the decision to declare was because river levels are expected to be higher than...
 

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Whanganui Police

Thanks everyone, you guys rock! Sandbags all sorted.Volunteers to fill sandbags needed!If you can spare a hand for a couple of hours we need volunteers to fill sand bags. If you can go to Downers at 501 Heads Road and volunteer please.
 

Wanganui Chronicle

UPDATE: Looks like the Whanganui River is the biggest concern right now. It's expected to peak at 14.7m, and the peak to reach Whanganui around midnight.
IF YOU NEED HELP:
+If your property is at risk from floodwaters, slips, or sewage leaks, please contact Civil Defence on [06] 3490001.
+If the danger is immediate please call the emergency services on 111.
+Evacuation centre is available at St Paul's Church, Guyton St [opposite the Wanganui District Council buildings].
+For...
 

Wanganui Chronicle

So, we'd love to hear how things are at YOUR place right now. Are you keeping warm and dry? Have you been evacuated? Taken any pictures that you'd like to share?
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Here's an updated list {thanks to our friends the Whanganui Police} of roads in Whanganui that are closed:
Anzac Parade (to Purua Street)
Peat Street
Kakatea Valley Road
SH 4 Raetihi to Wanganui
SH 3 Bulls to Wanganui
Whanganui River Road
Parihauhau Road
Turoa Road
Rangitatau Road East
Waikupu Road
Tokomaru West Road
Kauarapaoa Road
Brunswick Road
Matarawa Street
Raine Street
Ngatarua Road
Longacre Road
Okoia Road
Kaikokopu Road
Mangamahu Road
Hackett Street
Lucknow Street
Quick...
 

Wanganui Chronicle

We have a message from the Whanganui District Health Board: if any of its nursing staff who can get to the hospital and have a current APC please phone 021 404 699.
 

Wanganui Chronicle

ROADING UPDATE. The following roads are closed: SH3 Whanganui to Bulls; SH4 Whanganui to Raetihi; SH3 Patea to Hawera; SH1 Bulls to Hunterville; SH54 Vinegar Hill to Cheltenham; Whanganui River Rd; Mangamahu Rd at Mangamahu; Waitotara Valley Rd; Anzac Pde between Portal St and Georgetti Rd; and numerous other urban roads. PLEASE DO NOT travel unless you absolutely have to.
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Anzac Pde closed at Georgetti Rd. Photo by Anne-Marie McDonald


 

Wanganui Chronicle

LATEST UPDATE: Civil Defence is urging people to stay indoors today unless you have a serious emergency, this is because of the risk of sewage contamination from floodwaters. If your property is at risk from floodwaters or slips please contact Civil Defence on [06] 3490001, or in case of immediate danger call 111. Civil Defence is monitoring both the Whanganui River and the Matarawa Stream, which are rising rapidly. Those living near the Matarawa Stream are advised to remove any loose...
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Our photographer Bevan Conley has been out and about this morning and took this video of some of the flooding around the district:

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wanganui-chronicle/news/video.cfm?c_id=1503426&gal_cid=1503426&gallery_id=151540


Flooding in Wanganui - Video - Wanganui Chronicle Videos
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Raw video of flooding around Wanganui City. By Bevan Conley
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Flood updates: SH4 between Whanganui and Raetihi is now closed, and SH3 between Whanganui and Bulls is still closed. As far as we know SH3 between Whanganui and Waverley is still open, but is down to one lane in places. Waitotara Valley Rd and Whanganui River Rd are both closed. NZTA is urging people NOT TO TRAVEL today, unless it is absolutely essential. Also: some folks in low lying areas of Putiki have been evacuated.
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Good morning folks! It's crazy weather out there - just after 8am and already 37mm of rain has fallen today! There are widespread power cuts throughout the district. SH1 between Bulls and Hunterville is closed. NZTA is advising caution on SH3 between Whanganui and Bulls and SH4 between Whanganui and Raetihi. All council sports grounds are closed due to flooding. The Splash Centre is also closed because of power cuts. Stay safe and dry everyone! Rain is expected to ease later...
 

Wanganui Chronicle

Aramoho School principal Deb Griffiths turned her back for a minute - and her car was stolen:


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Aramoho School principal Deb Griffiths is devastated after the brazen theft of her car from the school carpark. - Wanganui Chronicle