Busy time for emergency services in Wellington after helicopter arrives to support flood rescue on South Island
A helicopter has landed to provide emergency services to the New Zealand response to the country’s worst blizzard in more than 60 years.
The helicopter, which was flown from Christchurch, was used for search-and-rescue efforts from 14 locations in the North Island.
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A Wellington man is also helping New Zealand with emergency supplies on the Pacific side of the country.
Weather CenCDC 철도청 카지노tre director Greg Whelan said the crew of NZ Met could fly out and land the helicopter if required.
It was just a few hours after the blizzard had hit parts of northern New Zealand.
The storm caused heavy rain and gusty winds in the Wellington area, and police said there were calls from neighbours of homes being flooded.
“We have also heard reports of trees being knocked down,” he said. “As soon as we can take control of it as best we can, we can then move on to our other work, but that work includes all the other people that need to be rescued as well.”
He said emergency services would “be ready, but of course, we can’t go to everyone every time”.
The storm brought a high degree of risk to residents and businesses.
There were warnings people might not be able to leave for days and that roads had become slippery due to strong wind and snow.