Media Advisory: Public Information Update – issued Sunday 6 March 2011, 12.30pm

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issued: Sunday 6 March 2011, 12.30pm

Media Advisory: Public Information Update covering cordon access, community earthquake briefings, CBD vehicle recovery, silt collection, USAR update, water, road surface flooding, sewer, power, Recovery Assistance Centres, solid waste.

Reducing the cordon access

  • Green Zone cordons 1 and 2 have been reduced today (Sunday 6 March) for residents and businesses. From 2pm today, Green Zone cordons 1 and 2 will be opened for public access, but only travel to the opened CBD cordoned area if you need to access your property or home.
  • Green Zones 3 & 4 are likely to be open to the public over the next few days
  • Entry to red sticker buildings is prohibited.
  • People returning to a building should take particular care with gas and electricity which may have been damaged in the earthquake.
  • Information centres are set up on the corner of Montreal Street and Cambridge Terrace and the corner of Fitzgerald Avenue and Cashel Street.
  • Water tankers will also be available at these Information Centres
  • View the information pack of factsheets and flyers

Community earthquake briefings

Essential briefings will be held over the next few days.
Tomorrow’s meetings (Monday 7 March) include:

12.30 pm McCormacks Bay Reserve (Eastern side of reserve)
Residents of Mt Pleasant, Redcliffs, St Andrews Hill, Balmoral
Hill, Moncks Spur

3 pm Sumner School Grounds (Colenso Street)
Residents of Moncks Bay, Clifton, Richmond Hill, Sumner,

5.30 pm Lyttelton Rugby Park (off Godley Quay)
Residents of Lyttelton and harbour settlements through to

View details of Wednesday’s meetings.

CBD Vehicle Recovery

  • Vehicles owned by the general public in Zones 1 & 2 of the CBD can be collected today from 2pm
  • Further information will be available shortly about cars in other cordon areas.

Silt collection

Around 260,000 tonnes of silt has been removed from the roads
and remaining silt already piled up should be removed tomorrow (Monday).
Silt collection will still continue after that time as required.

USAR update

  • USAR teams have completed their work on the CTV building and are now only working on the Forsyth Barr building. Work on that building was halted last night due to safety concerns following the aftershocks, but has resumed today.


  • Water is now on to around 81% of houses (but may be intermittent for the next 2-3 weeks). We hope to get to 90% within the next two weeks from today.
  • It is important to continue to boil all drinking water.
  • There are high water levels in the Avon River due to the recent rain. There have been no breaches of river banks to date but levels will continue to be monitored closely.

Road Surface Flooding

There is currently road surface flooding throughout the city,
which is to be expected in the current wet conditions. Drivers are
advised to drive around puddles and to drive slowly and to the


  • 69% of the pump stations are operational
  • Around half of households have useable toilets
  • Portable toilets are being allocated as soon as they become available – there are currently 856 in use, 300 more will be in use by Thursday and a further 960 are expected from USA by next weekend.
  • Up to 3000 chemical toilets have already been delivered to individual households and a further 1000 are being delivered.  5000 more are expected by Tuesday. Another 20,000 have been ordered.
  • Ten storage tanks for people to empty their chemical toilets into will be in wider Avonside tomorrow, and more will follow as soon as possible.


  • Power has been restored to 95% of households outside the CBD cordon area.
  • Orion is aiming for 99% of households to have power by tomorrow (Monday).
  • Please minimise electricity use while the network is in its current fragile state.
  • Businesses are asked to turn off any non-essential lighting etc to ensure available power can be used by households

Recovery Assistance Centres

  • Two new RACS will be opening tomorrow – Monday 7 March. These
  • will be located at:
    • Sydenham Community Centre, 21 Hutcheson Street, Sydenham
    • Lyttelton Recreation Centre, 25 Winchester Street
  • Both centres will be open from 8.30-5pm on weekdays, and 9-4pm on weekends.
  • More information on welfare

Solid Waste

From 7-11 March, green organics bins (organic waste only) and
red rubbish bins will be collected across the city, even if it’s not the
usual red bin collection day. If this is your usual yellow (recycling)
bin week, you should put all three bins out.

If you are unable to use your toilet, bury liquids (urine, vomit
etc) in your garden and wrap solids (faeces) well in paper or plastic
and put it in your red bin for collection. Wash your hands immediately
after dealing with any human waste.

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