From: Richard MacLean [mailto:Richard.MacLean@wcc.govt.nz]
Sent: Tuesday, 7 October 2008 1:36 p.m.
Subject: Bogus Wellington storm-damage report - please ignore
1.30PM - 7 October 2008
Bogus storm-damage report - please ignore
A bogus storm-damage report is circulating today on email groups around Wellington - containing information from a storm in August 2004.
Advice from Wellington City Council is to ignore the email - a copy of which is attached below.
The email contains extensive lists of streets closed by slips around Wellington, reports of damage at Wellington Airport, details of extensive delays to trains and buses, school closures, and 'huge seas' blocking Moa Point Road.
The City Council has received a number of calls from people anxious about the emailed report - headed WELLINGTON WEATHER WARNINGS - however we stress that the information is entirely incorrect.
While there have been strong northerly winds in the Wellington region today, and heavy rain - none of the incidents on the email being circulated have occurred. They all occurred during a fierce southerly storm in August 2004.
The City Council will attempt to find out how and why the email was initially circulated - but in the meantime our advice is please ignore it.
For further details please contact:
Richard MacLean - Wellington City Council Communications, tel 04 801 3578 or 021 227 8180.
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