2017 Roxburgh Debris Flows: Update from Otago Regional Council

Photo of the rain gauge, near Roxburgh

We held an information session in Roxburgh on Tuesday 8 May 2018 to help the community learn more about what happened on 26 November 2017.

We received a wide range of feedback. The common concern was the need to improve the level of protection at Reservoir Creek.

If you couldn't make it on the night we've summarised what is happening as part of our on-going plans to protect Roxburgh from future events.

Following the completion of the GNS report, and discussions with you, here's what we're doing:

Reservoir Creek: We’re seeking expert engineering advice on potential improvement to the Reservoir Creek channel to prevent further damage to property.


Re-seeding the channels: We’ve spread seed in the channels that were exposed by the flows in November. This will help stabilise the sediment.


Stephenson’s Creek has been cleared: We’ve cleared the sediment away to allow greater water flow down the channel.


A rain gauge has been installed: We've installed a rain gauge in the hills behind Roxburgh. You can monitor rainfall by clicking here or by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: https://www.orc.govt.nz/managing-our-environment/water/water-monitoring-and-alerts/upper-clutha/clutha-at-teviot-valley


Community Awareness

We'll keep providing updates at this web address.

Contact Ben Mackey with any questions or concerns you might have about Roxburgh.

Ph: 0800 474 082

We held an information session in Roxburgh on Tuesday 8 May 2018 to help the community learn more about what happened on 26 November 2017.

We received a wide range of feedback. The common concern was the need to improve the level of protection at Reservoir Creek.

If you couldn't make it on the night we've summarised what is happening as part of our on-going plans to protect Roxburgh from future events.

Following the completion of the GNS report, and discussions with you, here's what we're doing:

Reservoir Creek: We’re seeking expert engineering advice on potential improvement to the Reservoir Creek channel to prevent further damage to property.


Re-seeding the channels: We’ve spread seed in the channels that were exposed by the flows in November. This will help stabilise the sediment.


Stephenson’s Creek has been cleared: We’ve cleared the sediment away to allow greater water flow down the channel.


A rain gauge has been installed: We've installed a rain gauge in the hills behind Roxburgh. You can monitor rainfall by clicking here or by copying and pasting this link into your web browser: https://www.orc.govt.nz/managing-our-environment/water/water-monitoring-and-alerts/upper-clutha/clutha-at-teviot-valley


Community Awareness

We'll keep providing updates at this web address.

Contact Ben Mackey with any questions or concerns you might have about Roxburgh.

Ph: 0800 474 082