Water discolouration with coming rain
Rain is coming and as the Pigeon Valley fire left behind a very large amount of ash and debris, you’ll most likely see discoloured water/waterways for a period of time.
The fire burned off significant areas of vegetation and firebreaks have also created areas of bare earth. This will increase sediment and ash levels in the waterways, which increases the risk of localised flooding, especially in areas prone to flooding.
Nelson Tasman Civil Defence Emergency Management are working with affected landowners to limit the effects as much as possible. Tasman District Council staff are monitoring the effects on the waterways.
The effects of additional sedimentation may be minor, but it’s important that you take suitable precautions to protect your property and livestock if you think you may be affected.
We will issue updates as and when we have them.