Media advisory: Flooding update and advice

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Southland roading update

This is an official message from Emergency Management Southland.

Southland District Council is working on options to open traffic routes across southern Southland.

The preferred option for the lower Mataura area is along Wyndham Rd and Wyndham Letter Box Rd, once the cordon around Mataura is lifted.

SDC is working on establishing a one-lane gravel track for the section of the road damaged between Wyndham and the bridge which, depending on how fast the flood water recedes, could take up to four hours. The work will need sandbagging material and involves co-ordination with Emergency Management Southland.

There are vehicles using Slopedown Road but this is not the preferred route because of the type of road. SDC’s preference is for people to wait until the road link through Wyndham is re-established.

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