Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Damage assessment to take place as water levels drop

MEDIA RELEASE - RAIN EVENT October 2013 #5

Thursday 17 October, 2013

Damage assessment to take place as water levels drop

Horizons Regional Council is moving into damage assessment mode as water levels drop throughout the Region over the next few days.

Incident controller Ged Shirley says Horizons is aware of some key issues throughout the Region but a full assessment will be done as part of the recovery process.

“We will be starting with a review of what needs to be done to strengthen weakened stopbanks in Wanganui and expect to discuss options later today. Further discussions with Wanganui District Council about these options will be taking place on Friday,” he says.

“Works we undertake at this time are likely to be a temporary measure to withstand any extra pressure following this event until permanent measures are put in place.”

Mr Shirley says an aerial survey of the lower Whanganui, Whangaehu and Turakina catchments yesterday has shown extensive flooding in rural areas of the lower Turakina.

“Flood waters have broken out of the Turakina River and there is extensive ponding on farmland as a result. Operations staff will be assisting landowners drain flood waters back into the river today,” says Mr Shirley.

“We have also contacted the Ministry of Primary Industries with a view of outlining the damage to our rural communities following this event.”

Horizons staff will also be heading out to check and repair water monitoring sites following damage to the Pipiriki site in the upper Whanganui catchment.

“All residents and agencies who use the site for flood notifications were called yesterday and we will be letting them know once the site has been repaired, hopefully later today. In the meantime we are able to rely on sites at Te Rewa and Te Maire to warn us about rising water levels,” says Mr Shirley.

Up-to-date information on river heights and rainfall is also available via Horizons 24 hour toll-free Waterline 0508 4 FLOOD (0508 4 35003) or via website www.horizons.govt.nz

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Day:


Reshuffle: PM Announces Changes To Ministerial Portfolios

Prime Minister Bill English today announced the appointment of Gerry Brownlee as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nathan Guy as Minister of Civil Defence, Nikki Kaye as Minister of Education and Mark Mitchell as Minister of Defence.

The changes follow the resignations from Cabinet of Hekia Parata and Murray McCully.

In other changes Simon Bridges has been appointed Leader of the House and Nicky Wagner has been made Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration. More>>

 

Q+A Transcript: CTU Call For 'National Standards' On Wages

‘If you look at countries who do better than us, who pay wages better, who have more competitive industries, more successful economies, they have systems where there are national standards.’ More>>

ALSO:

Health Workers Respond: People's Mental Health Report Released

The People's Mental Health Review reinforces a recent YesWeCare.nz survey of 6,000 health workers, which found nine in 10 believe they don't have the staff or resources to deliver the care Kiwis need when they need it. More>>

ALSO:

More Mental Health:

Energy: Greens Launch Plan For Cheaper And Cleaner Electricity

$112 million for winter warm-up payments to help low-income households cover their power bills • setting a goal for 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 (in average hydrological conditions) • an investigation into the electricity wholesale market. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Aged-Care Settlement

Until yesterday, a National government has always been the sworn enemy of women seeking justice in the workplace, in the face of gender-based pay discrimination. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news