About $700,000 has been spent so far cleaning up after Dunedin’s recent deluge, but more than 40 roads remain closed and 150 slips are still affecting the city network.
More than 100 contractors have been working on the repairs since the storm that battered eastern Otago last week brought more than 100mm of rain to many areas of Dunedin and caused more than 200 slips.
Last night, 44 roads were still closed and about 30 sites needed further geotechnical or civil investigation.
Mayor Dave Cull said the focus of recovery efforts would shift next week.
“Our focus this week has been on people’s welfare and making sure they get back into warm, dry homes and that affected families, farms and residents access the support that is available to them.
“While we will still be providing plenty of help for affected residents, from next week we will start to turn our attention to fully analysing what happened during this event, looking at what repair work is required and what areas may potentially need greater levels of infrastructural service.”
Council staff and Red Cross volunteers spent time in Henley and on the Taieri Plain yesterday checking on residents’ welfare. They had also visited other areas, such as Aramoana.
“The mayoral relief fund has been relaunched and is targeted at people who cannot receive assistance through other avenues, such as insurance.
“Assistance may also be available through Work and Income. People do not need to be receiving a benefit to be eligible for a Civil Defence emergency payment.”
No applications had yet been received for access to the relief fund.
Council recovery manager Sandy Graham said staff and other agencies were dealing with a wide range of welfare requests and property inspections.
“We appreciate there is a level of anxiety in the community and we’ll continue to do what’s in our residents’ best interests as the clean-up continues over the coming weeks,” she said.
Otago Daily Times