Emergency services and a helicopter are on-site.
"These medals are recognition of the price that they paid."
The COVID-19 alert level change has seen Gisborne's sewerage system come under intense pressure.
Roads are still treacherous in the Gisborne and East Coast regions after weekend flooding.
There were two shooting incidents on the weekend.
Residents have been asked to stay indoors.
The family kept searching months after the official police search finished.
Fire and Emergency battled a fire on Thursday morning on Munro St