A local state of Emergency has been declared for the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Emergency Management Group due to the expected arrival of Cyclone Cook in the next 48 hours and the current Severe Weather Warning. This supersedes the state of Emergency declared for the Whakatane District Council on Thursday last week.
The Bay of Plenty region is forecast to receive 200 to 250mm of rain in the 48 hours from midday Wednesday. The region is already dealing with the effects of Ex-Cyclone Debbie which saw extensive rain fall in the region last week.
The declaration means that there will be a regional coordination of Civil Defence Emergency Management preparedness and response.
Residents are urged to keep up to date with the latest weather updates and take heed of any warnings.
People can sign up for Bay of Plenty Civil Defence text alerts by texting the two letters for your area where you live to 2028:
TA - Tauranga
WB - Western Bay
KA - Kawerau
WH - Whakatane
RO - Rotorua
OP - Opotiki
People can also follow the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bopcivildefence or visit the Bay of Plenty Civil Defence website at www.bopcivildefence.govt.nz for information about how to get ready before an event.