Auckland Council facilities closed early in preparation for more wet weather

Publish Date : 31 Jan 2023

With more extreme weather predicted to hit Auckland tonight, Auckland Council has closed all non-essential community facilities, services and destination sites at 3pm on 31 January.  

This includes services such as pools and leisure centres, libraries, community venues, Auckland Botanic Gardens, the Auckland Art Gallery and cemetery offices. We are also asking people to avoid regional parks at this time.  

Other council services will continue as normal, and frontline staff responding to health and safety issues, recovery and relief efforts will continue to work hard across the region. 

“Closing our facilities earlier today with a delayed re-open on Wednesday morning not only ensures staff get home safely, it allows us direct resources to welfare centres and other frontline services that are needed most,” says Auckland Council CEO Jim Stabback.

“We thank Aucklanders for their cooperation and understanding at this challenging time.”

For the latest information on facilities visit the Auckland Council website.

The council’s teams have been busy responding to Friday’s storm event and preparing for tonight’s predicted deluge, with hundreds of staff and contractors working over the weekend to continually clear debris from hot spots, inlet grilles and streams.

Since Friday, our Healthy Waters operations teams and contractors have responded to over 1000 Requests for Service (RFS) relating to incidents of flooding.

Ahead of tonight’s predicted storm event, the council would like to ask people to clear their own drains and catchpits if it is safe to do so. In addition, we ask that people not drive through floodwaters, or play in floodwaters which are contaminated. We ask that people continue to take a safety-first approach.

If Aucklanders are experiencing flooding or blockages on their property, report it online in the first instance, or call the council’s call centre on 09 301 0101.

Please continue to monitor the Auckland Emergency Management website for the latest updates.

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