1255 5 March: According to Police Communications Main Road is now open from Sumner Village. There are still reported problems on Wakefield Avenue. Evans Pass is still closed.
The AA have details on road conditions.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014, 9:25 am
Press Release: Christchurch City Council
Council managing worst rain-storm since 1975
Christchurch City Council is continuing to manage flood issues across the city during Christchurch's worst rain-storm since 1975.
The Council is expecting 50 to 100 houses across the city to be affected by flood-waters, with the majority of them located in the Mairehau/Richmond/St. Albans area. Throughout the night Council staff have been assisting residents with self-evacuations.
The rainfall has been a lot heavier than forecasted, with almost 100 millimetres falling in the past 24 hours and a further 20 millimetres expected to fall before the rain eases off. This is equivalent to a one-in-50-year event.
High tide today is expected at 10.15am (Kerrs Reach) and both the Heathcote and Avon Rivers will spill their banks in places. The roads around both rivers will be affected.
The Council is strongly advising drivers to be extra vigilant and mindful while driving today. Speeding causes large bough-waves which worsen the effects of surface flooding on properties.
The Council is advising residents, if you don't need to leave home today, don't.
The Council's Welfare Centre at Mairehau High School, 440 Hills Road, has been open all night and as at 7am, three residents have made use of the service. The Welfare Centre at Mairehau High School will remain open until 10am today. A review will be undertaken to assess further needs of the community