Media advisory: Flooding in Fiordland

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Milford evacuations on hold until tomorrow 

 This is an official message from Emergency Management Southland 

The evacuation of 195 tourists from Milford Sound has been put on hold until tomorrow due to weather conditions.  

Emergency Management Southland controller Angus McKay said weather conditions do not look promising for helicopter access today and flooding and road closures across Southland means it is better for the tourists to remain in Milford where they are currently safe and being cared for.  

“Road closures mean we cannot get the tourists to any of their destinations if we bring them out of Milford and there are accommodation challenges due to other travellers being caught up in the effects of the flooding which is becoming widespread across Southland.  

“Forecasts look better for tomorrow, so we will continue with plans to safely evacuate everybody in the morning.” 

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