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Friday, 22 September 2023

A State of Emergency declared for Queenstown

A state of emergency has been declared for Queenstown at 6.33am on 22 September.


A state of emergency has been declared for Queenstown at 6.33am on 22 September, for an initial period of 7 days, as part of the response to the current weather event.

Mayor Glyn Lewers said the declaration was necessary given the considerable rainfall experienced by Queenstown over the last 24 hours.

“The current weather event is an active and evolving situation. We have been working with emergency management throughout the night to assess the full extent of the situation in the current conditions.”

“Several flooding and debris events have been identified and we’re continuing to contact affected people including evacuating over 100 people. A temporary evacuation centre has been set up at St Peters Church to manage evacuees who have not been able to relocate.”

“Please avoid travel through or around the town centre. If travel is essential, then please take extreme care.”

The declaration was signed following formal advice from Emergency Management Otago Group Controller Matt Alley.

It enables emergency services and response agencies to draw on resources, and enact additional powers, to assist those affected.

Council staff and emergency services have been working throughout the night and morning to assess and manage the impacts of the weather event.

For all the latest information, visit https://www.qldc.govt.nz/weather-event-sep23.


FURTHER INFORMATION | Kā pāroko tāpiri:

All relevant media information can be found at https://www.qldc.govt.nz/weather-event-sep23.

What you need to know:

  • Flooding and debris is flowing down Brecon Street towards the town centre, causing damage and requiring evacuations from multiple properties.

  • Flooding and debris has also required evacuations from properties on Reavers Lane, Fryer Street and Hamilton Road.

  • The affected areas are shown on the maps below.

  • Multiple roads are closed throughout the Queenstown Town Centre and around the district. Latest details can be found here.  https://www.qldc.govt.nz/weather-event-sep23

  • Please avoid travel through or around the town centre. If travel is essential, please take extreme care, follow safety signage or the instructions of traffic management staff.  

  • Queenstown Primary School, Whakatipu Kindergarten, other creche, and Best Start Preschool will be closed on Friday 22 September. If you are affected by these closures please contact the education facilities directly. 

  • Contractors are also responding to a sewerage overflow at the Frankton Track. The track is currently closed, please avoid the area.


More information on evacuations: 

  • 68 people have been evacuated from the Brecon Street area

  • 41 have been evacuated from the Reavers Lane area.

  • If you’ve been affected by evacuations, please do not return to your property until you have been advised it is safe to do so. If you have not made contact with the Council, please call customer services on 03 441 0499 as soon as possible.