Media release - A little preparedness can go a long way


A little preparedness can go a long way

11 May 2017 4.30pm

There is a heavy rain warning in place for parts of the Bay of Plenty and Bay of Plenty Civil Defence is monitoring the situation.

Metservice is forecasting heavy rain from late today until Friday evening, especially over the eastern ranges of the Bay of Plenty.

Heavy rain can cause rivers and streams to rise rapidly, as well as surface flooding and slips, so it is important that people are prepared and keep updated.

Emergency Management Bay of Plenty director Clinton Naude says people need to be prepared and make a plan.

“Think about what you and your family would you do if you couldn’t get home, were stuck at home or had to leave home in a hurry. Would you be ready?

“At this time of year there can be a lot of fallen leaves and with heavy rain, drains and gutters can easily get blocked. So have you cleared your gutters? A little bit of planning goes a long way.”

Local residents are advised to keep updated by monitoring Metservice updates, listening to the local radio, or checking social media platforms such as the BOP Civil Defence website and Facebook page.

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