Motorists are trapped between slips, about 100 people have been forced to leave their homes, and a local state of emergency has been declared as heavy rain and strong gales thrash the West Coast.
About 115 people, mostly tourists, are stuck in cars between slips near Fox Glacier, and are set to stay there overnight. Civil Defence said they would receive help as a priority first thing in the morning.
Civil Defence West Coast group controller Mike Meehan said the trapped fleet included two buses. People were safe, but they were “going to have an uncomfortable night”.
“From what I understand there is radio comms and phone communication with the vehicles that are stuck. The people have water … they’re safe and we’ll be getting to them as soon as we can.”
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