Hawke’s Bay Emergency Management has hydrologists closely monitoring the Wairoa River in anticipation of the forecast heavy rainfall later today.
Controller Ian Macdonald said the current assessment was that the river should be contained within its existing channel.
Meanwhile, Hawke’s Bay Emergency Management is planning for the precautionary evacuation of the Esk Valley this afternoon. Some residents in the Esk Valley had moved back after the cyclone while others had not returned home to live but were at their property cleaning up.
The decision to evacuate would be made later this morning, taking into account the updated rainfall predictions and advice from the Regional Council’s hydrologists.
If the need for evacuation is confirmed, the order will be broadcast direct to cellphones in the area through an emergency mobile alert and shared through radio, TV and online media, as well as on the Hawkes Bay Emergency Management Facebook page.
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24 February 2023
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