Emergency declared in Marlborough


State of emergency declared in Marlborough

A state of emergency remains in place following the recent storm event. See our alerts section for updates

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Emergency declared in Marlborough

  • Date 2:00 PM Saturday 17 July 2021
  • Type Civil Defence Emergency Management

Marlborough weather update No. 3

A state of local emergency was declared at 12.20 pm today by Marlborough’s Deputy Mayor Nadine Taylor.

“This declaration will ensure our emergency response team has all the resources it needs to effectively conduct evacuations,” Nadine Taylor said.

Residents of the Lower Terrace in Renwick have been asked to evacuate their properties and stay with family or friends for the next 24 hours. The stop bank at Conders Bend has overtopped.

221 properties are affected in Alma Street North, Gee Street, Blicks Road, Brook Street North, Inkerman Street North, Oudenarde Street and Terrace Road.

An information centre at Renwick Hall, 27 High Street has been set up by Marlborough Emergency Management. An emergency mobile alert has been sent to cell phones in the affected area.

Wairau River levels upstream of the Waihopai/Wairau rivers’ confluence have already peaked and are starting to reduce. We are expecting the peak in the lower Wairau between SH6 and SH1 over the next couple of hours.

Also, Bartlett’s Creek bridge, 20km up the Northbank Road from Renwick, has been washed out so access to the Northbank area, west of SH6 is now not possible. There are approximately 25 rural properties there that are cut off.

Residents should follow the Council’s Facebook page, Antenna app and website for further information.

A large number of roads are closed – listed below. All sports parks are closed.

If you are worried about potential flooding of your property, please call the Council on (03) 520 7400.

Wairau Valley township residents are advised to boil their water.


SH6 Renwick to Hira - closed

SH63 Renwick to St Arnaud - closed

See Waka Katohi website for details of highway closures

Update 12.45 pm

  • Kenepuru Road near 2313 due to a tree down and near Nikau Cove
  • Queen Charlotte Drive - the whole road
  • Kaiuma Bay Rd due to a slip
  • Duncan Bay Rd due to a tree down blocking road
  • Para Rd (whole road) due to flooding
  • Speeds Rd (whole road) due to flooding
  • Chaytors/Wairau Bar Rd ferry bridge due to flooding
  • Northbank Road at Onamalutu due to trees down
  • Awatere Valley Rd east of fords due to a slip
  • Hammerichs Rd due to a tree down
  • Daltons Road due to flooding
  • Moenui Road
  • Waihopai Road (dam and Māori ford)
  • Dunbeath St off Kinross St

Please take care, and be on the lookout for surface flooding if you are driving today.

See Waka Katohi website for details of highway closures


The information in this media statement was correct at time of publication. Changes in circumstances after the time of publication may impact on the accuracy of the information.