Civil Defence & Emergency Management

​​​CIVIL DEFENCE ALERT #5 6 February 2020, 5.15pm

Yesterday Civil Defence identified a potential  risk if a breach in the Hospital Road Detention Embankment failed.  This included advice for residents who felt at risk to evacuate, and a map which identified the potentially at-risk properties.  The area on the map was described as a 'red-zone'.

​Since then Civil Defence has been  working to reduce the risk by pumping water out of the Hospital Road Embankment.  The level has been significantly lowered and we are continuing to pump. Geotech advice is that the potential risk is now low, although there is still a possible risk of property damage if the bank does breach.

Affected residents are advised that they can now return home. 

There is no longer a 'red zone'.

This will be the final update released on this topic.

However, if you have any concerns ring Civil Defence on 0800 801 350.

​Important Information​

Please refer to the Emergency Management Otago website for our civil defence information.

Our Road and Water notices page often has the latest Clutha District info on it.

The Otago tsunami evacuation zone maps can be accessed here.

In an emergency you can contact Clutha District Civil Defence on 0800 801 350 or 03 419 0200.

Community Response Plans

Community Response Plans outline what specific communities should do in a civil defence emergency or what action to take in advance of an emergency to prevent potentially devastating effects.

When an emergency occurs, these plans will be activated by the community. Other agencies will respond to the event by activating their own plans and coordinating their activities to manage the impact on the community.

Community plans are being worked on for various communities in the Clutha District.  The ​completed plans are available for download here​. Residents wanting to know more about community plans can contact our Emergency Management Officer on 03 419 0200 or 0800 801 350.

Fire Information

​If there's a property in your neighbourhood that you believe is a health or safety hazard due to an unkempt section, you might first try talking to the property owner.​

If this does not resolve the problem, contact Council on 0800 801 350 to report a concern that does not present a fire risk, such hording and other nuisance issues including vermin control.

If your concern is a fire risk, you can let Fire and Emergency New Zealand know about your concern by completing the online form available at or calling 0800 336 942.  Please note that Fire and Emergency is only able to take action to deal with genuine fire hazards, and not where the property is just unsightly or presents a health hazard.

Page reviewed: 06 Feb 2020 5:21pm