The state of local emergency in Buller has been extended for a further seven days until Friday 6 August 2021.
Buller Mayor Jamie Cleine signed the declaration to extend the state of emergency on Thursday afternoon, saying that this recognises the serious impact of the Buller flood event on the community and the range of critical needs that remain.
“Extending the state of local emergency for another week ensures we will have the resources we need to continue supporting our community through the response, and to help ensure a smooth transition into the recovery phase,” he said.
“Planning for the transition from response to recovery is well underway with the focus on helping our people return home, or to find alternative accommodation as soon as possible.
“In the meantime, there are people in our community emerging through the needs assessment process who require welfare support, and some have complex needs. It’s vital that we get them the right help, and that we continue looking out for each other and supporting each other through this.
“We have made significant progress through our response so far but there is still plenty of work to do and many challenges that lie ahead.
“I want to acknowledge the Civil Defence staff who have deployed here from around the country, the New Zealand Defence Force, Red Cross, our accommodation providers and all the Westport locals and the wider Buller community who have banded together over the last two weeks to help our town get back on its feet.
“On behalf of the Buller community, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has helped with this response. We are grateful for your efforts,” Mayor Cleine said.
Buller District Council has set up an 0800 number to help people access welfare support and help dealing with flood clean-up. The number is 0800 768 348 and runs between 9am and 6pm 7 days a week.