Flood recovery news update 13 July
We continue to gather information from agencies, field assessments and community feedback to inform the objectives and actions of the Recovery Plan, as well as discussions with government officials on infrastructure and environmental recovery funding support.
Staff completed door to door surveying of 32 properties from Whangara to Waiomatatini this week to identify flood damage and prioritise a work programme for Enhanced Taskforce Green.
An initial 20 properties have been identified in Te Karaka, Tolaga Bay and Whangara for crews to start work on immediately, clearing debris from fences and removing silt.
Teams will be prioritised to clean-up farms that are the main source of income for families, before progressing onto the lifestyle blocks.
Valley Education and Training Enterprise (VETEL) have been contracted by the Ministry of Social Development and are working with the Rural Support Trust to select and train personnel for the Taskforce. Two crews will be selected to undergo training this week, in preparation to start work on affected properties from 23 July.
The programme will run for at least 13 weeks and may be extended, and more properties added as we get more information and requests.
People that have been affected by the floods on the Coast, Poverty Bay Flats, Te Karaka and surrounding areas need to register for taskforce assistance by contacting:
David Scott, Rural Recovery Coordinator on 027 211 9941 or (06) 8684840 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrick Willock, Agriculture Recovery Facilitator 021 240 6534 or (06) 867 6902 or email email@example.com
Emergency works to repair roads, culverts and drains continues. Six roads remain closed and 7 bridges and culverts still have restrictions.
We expect the initial clean-up work will take another 3 months, and repairs could take 18 months to 2 years to complete.
Tairāwhiti Roads are preparing a funding claim to the New Zealand Transport Agency for the work.
Council and Uawanui have been undertaking testing and surveying the impacts on aquatic ecosystems in affected waterways.
We also continue to look at options for disposal of wood piled up at Tolaga Bay beach and clean-up programme.