State of local emergency declared in Canterbury

Alert opened: 20:10PM Sun 30 May 2021. Starts: 4.45pm Sun 30 May. Ends: 4.45pm Sun 06 June. The Canterbury Civil Defence Emergency Management Group has declared a state of local emergency in Canterbury, extending emergency powers across the entire region, as heavy rain continues to cause flooding.

Chair of the Joint Committee Lianne Dalziel made the declaration at 4:45 p.m., extending the state of emergency across Canterbury, following local declarations of emergency in the Timaru, Ashburton and Selwyn districts.

Dalziel said that the group felt that it was important that they declare an emergency for the entire Canterbury region, which will give local authorities the ability to take any action required as the situation unfolds.

“It also means all of the region’s resources are available, and we don’t have to worry about territorial boundaries,” she said.

Issued at: 4.45pm Sunday 30 May

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