motorists when July's 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. 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 cut off. The
road was also closed at Goodwood.
"We would like to take the opportunity to thank the people,
organisations, and businesses for their help and generosity,"
Constable Jon-Paul Tremain of Waikouaiti Police said.
Several motorists were stranded in Waikouaiti, and while many managed
to book accommodation at local motels, many 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.
The helpers Jon listed were: Waikouaiti Returned Services Association
and its President Jim McCabe and his wife Pat, Len and Lynn Cross,
Alan and Vicki Hall, Margaret Robertson, Anthony Nally, Golden Fleece
Tavern, Beach Street Tavern, and Beanos Bakery.
Other matters Police dealt with in July included assisting Emergency
Psychiatric Services with two cases, theft from a car and shed in Bay
Rd (Warrington) in late July, and several crashes (but no serious
injuries) due to icy conditions.
by the editors
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