The recent bad weather brought about road closures throughout Dunedin
and the wider area including Waikouaiti and Palmerston. State Highway
One between Waikouaiti and Cherry Farm was closed just after 6.00pm on
Monday night the 30th of July 2007, and did not re-open until about
4.30am the following morning.
The road was also closed at Goodwood, which meant several motorists
were stranded, and while many managed to book accommodation at local
motels, several people were left without a place to stay. Although a
civil defence emergency was not declared at Waikouaiti, the local
Returned Services Association building was opened and those motorists
caught out were encouraged to go there for warmth, shelter and
refreshments. Kind locals provided blankets; pillows and mattresses
while others opened their homes to stranded motorists which included
elderly persons, between 20 and 30 people used the R.S.A for shelter
during the evening.
At its peak the water level was over the Waikouaiti Bridge, Coast Road
was swamped which meant access to Karitane from State Highway One was
Police would like to take the opportunity to thank the following
people, organisations, and businesses for their help and generosity:
Returned Services Association President Jim McCabe and his wife Pat,
Len and Lynn Cross, Alan and Vicki Hall, Margaret Robertson, Anthony
Nally, Waikouaiti Returned Services Association, Golden Fleece Tavern,
Beach Street Tavern, and Beanos Bakery.
Road surfaces throughout the area have been damaged, some
significantly; patience will be needed as it may be some time before
the appropriate repairs can be carried out in some areas.
Other matters Police dealt with this month include, assisting
Emergency Psychiatric Services with a man at Seacliff, assisting with
transportation to EPS Dunedin of an intoxicated local man who harmed
himself after an altercation with a female associate at his address.
Police also dealt with three juveniles for throwing stones at an
address along Beach Street, Waikouaiti. Two of the boys involved
apologised to the homeowner for their involvement.
Waikouaiti Police attended two burglaries in the area; the first
occurred at the Waikouaiti Tennis Club storage building. White paint
and a roller were taken and used to decorate the play hut and swings
at the Sports Grounds, the second occurred at a rural address at
Palmerston where an electric fence unit and beer were taken from a cow
shed and house.
The Waikouaiti Sports Grounds toilet block was tagged on the evening
of the 28th of July 2007, black and blue spray paint was used to tag
the toilets, and the wall facing the sports fields was sprayed with
the word "BAM". Any information regarding this or the identity of the
culprits will be gratefully received.
In late July a car and shed were broken into at an address along Bay
Road Warrington, a chainsaw, petrol, and lollies were taken. If anyone
has any information regarding this theft or saw someone or something
suspicious on the evening of the 28th of July 2007, please contact the
Police also attended two domestic disputes this month, both occurring
at addresses at Waikouaiti.
On the 31st of July 2007, road workers at the northern end of
Waikouaiti were confronted with an erratic driver who appeared to have
been consuming alcohol. After a short conversation with the driver the
workers managed to secure the car keys and contacted police. The
driver was transported to Dunedin Central Police Station and later
tested positive for excess breath alcohol. a Dunedin man will appear
at the Dunedin District Court later this month regarding this matter.
Lastly, Police attended several crashes this month; however, the
majority have been largely due to icy conditions. Thankfully, those
involved did not sustain any serious injuries as a result of the
Remember be vigilant when travelling and always drive to the
conditions. If you require information regarding road conditions
telephone Transit New Zealand on 0800 44 44 49.
If you see anything suspicious or if you wish to speak to the Police
regarding any other matter you can contact us on 03 465 9127. In
emergencies dial 111. Until next month, take care.
by Constable Jon-Paul Tremain
New Zealand Police, Waikouaiti
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