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Watch out for damage and expect disruption, says mayor

Press Release – Wellington City Council
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown strongly warns people to watch out for damage and expect disruption today as the city deals with the aftermath of last night’s quake.

Mayor Wade-Brown says the city has come through the big quake very well. “On the whole, most infrastructure and most buildings have been unaffected – but we will obviously have engineers and experts double-checking the condition of infrastructure after daybreak.”

Main points from overnight:

• The morning ‘rush hour’ rail service is not operating. KiwiRail engineers have to check track infrastructure for damage.
• We are still strongly advising people to stay out of the CBD at least till midday – to allow engineers and building owners to check for damage.
• Wellington City bus services are operating normally.
• Parts of Featherston Street, Wakefield Street and Bolton Street are closed due to suspected damage to buildings in the area.

Mayor Wade-Brown strongly advises Wellingtonians to take the time to check on their neighbours and check on their houses and properties.

“It is also a prime opportunity for people to check their emergency kits – and also update their family emergency plans.”

She advises people to listen to the media or check media websites, or consult the WREMOnz Facebook page or www.Wellington.govt.nz

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