Waitaki EOC focussed on providing support


​​​​11:10am 7 October 2020​

The Waitaki District Council is focussed on providing support to the residents and property owners who have been affected by the Lake Ohau Alpine Village fire.

Controller Murray Linwood says we are working closely with Fire and Emergency NZ as they make the Lake Ohau Alpine Village area safe for re-entry. In the meantime, Fire and Emergency NZ has provided managed access for residents whose property is undamaged so they can retrieve essential items.

We rely on the advice of FENZ about when the village will be safe for more general access. There are numerous hazards in any area that has been affected by a fire. These include hotspots that could reignite in strong winds, to loose iron, to toxic materials such as asbestos and chemicals, and trees damaged by the fire that could fall without warning.

We are also working with the Insurance Council to coordinate the insurance issues relating to the fire. From today, insurance assessors will be able to access the area. This is an important step for property owners who have suffered loss.

Some residents with properties outside the immediate area of Lake Ohau Alpine Village will have access to their properties in the next few days once it is deemed safe to do so.

Chorus, Network Waitaki and Council staff have begun assessing the damage to critical infrastructure. Civil Defence is working on a co-ordinated approach to clean-up.

A Civil Defence Welfare Centre has been open since Sunday morning at the Twizel Events Centre in Market Place. Our staff and volunteers are there from 8am to 5pm daily to help meet immediate needs and we continue to hold a daily briefing for residents at 12pm where they can hear directly from Fire and Emergency NZ and Waitaki District Council Civil Defence.

Many people have asked how they can help the survivors of the fire. Mayor Gary Kircher has established a Mayoral Relief Fund to provide support to impacted residents. Ohau Relief – Ref. Ohau - Bank Account –  02 0940 0156400 000. The Government has announced an initial contribution of $100,000.


For More information and updates on the Ohau Fire go to our dedicated webpage​.
Page reviewed: 07 Oct 2020 4:40pm