A State of Local Emergency was declared for Southland on Thursday, 21 September for a period of seven days (unless extended or terminated at an earlier time). This is due to heavy rainfall causing significant flooding across the Southland region.
This means Emergency Management Southland has additional powers it can exercise to assist the region’s response and keep people safe. For example:
This region-wide declaration replaces the earlier State of Local Emergency for Gore district. Follow our updates here