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

 


Post-storm recovery enters third day

14 July, 2014
Release #: 1; issued at 1200 hours

Post-storm recovery enters third day

Northland’s post-storm mop up entered its third day today with good progress being made addressing infrastructural issues – including roading, water and power – and continuing emphasis on meeting the welfare needs those most-heavily impacted on.

Graeme MacDonald, spokesman for the Northland Civil Defence Emergency Management (CDEM) Group, says as part of the response people who need assistance are being urged to make themselves known to those who can help.

In the Far North, anyone whose home is flooded or who urgently needs accommodation, food, heating, clothing or medical supplies should phone Far North District Council’s freephone 0800 920 029 in the first instance. (The Whangarei District Council has a similar service for those needing help in its district; 0800 932 463.)

Officials are continuing to work with flood-affected families in the Moerewa area, where firefighters had worked until about 11.30pm yesterday, pumping out about 1200 cubic metres of water. Waste collection and temporary toilets had been provided and local authority building inspectors are continuing to visit properties in the area.

As part of the ongoing recovery efforts, development of a temporary ‘one stop shop’ for flood victims staffed by multiple agencies is also under consideration in nearby Kawakawa.

Meanwhile, Mr MacDonald says while most in the region now had power restored, electricity companies Top Energy and Northpower are asking those who did not – especially in less populated areas – to contact them to ensure the companies are aware of their problems.

Top Energy’s fault line number is 0800 867 363 and Northpower’s 0800 10 40 40.

Top Energy reported today it still had about 200 customers without power, roughly half of them in 14 main areas, while Northpower was today assessing a schedule to permanently repair parts of is network that had been temporarily repaired in the interim.

With some of few remaining electricity-less Top Energy customers facing the prospect of several more days without power, it would today be proactively working with the FNDC and others to make sure welfare needs are being met.

Mr MacDonald says the power companies repeated earlier calls for anyone coming across downed power lines to treat them as live at all time, stay away from them and report them to ensure they were logged for action.

He says the region’s State Highway network was open this morning, bar SH1 south of Kawakawa, where a large slip had cut road access on a crest between two hilltops.

Roading authorities were diverting traffic along Mangakahia Rd, which extends from Maungatapere, near Whangarei, in the south, to Kaikohe in the North. (While there is another alternative route through Ruapekapeka Rd, that is not recommended by authorities. The Ruapekapeka Rd route is only available to light vehicles and heavy traffic is banned from using it.)

Mr MacDonald says the NZTA is working on building a temporary diversion around the slip site but that could involve at least five days’ work.

He says the roading body plans to work to reopen an old road alignment (about two to three metres lower than the site which had slipped) but it would need to be cleared and built up.

It hoped to install an asphalt surface on what would be at least a single lane (but hopefully two) suitable for all traffic and controlled by signals as its temporary fix. A longer term solution could take months.

Information about local district council road and State Highway closures/issues in Northland is available from the Automobile Association website via www.AAroadwatch.co.nz or the NZTA websitewww.nzta.govt.nz

On the water front, the Far North District Council reported restrictions are still in place, but public water supplies in Paihia, Haruru Falls and Opua areas, which had been critically low, had recovered slightly overnight. The public is still being urged to only use water if absolutely necessary.

A spokesman says heavy siltation at its Waitangi River water supply intake has seriously restricted the treatment plant’s capacity to process water causing reservoirs servicing the area are running low.

The spokesman paid tribute to its contractors, Top Energy and others who had done a fantastic job keeping the water supply on in trying circumstances over the past few days.

Mr MacDonald says the Rural Support Trust - 0800 787 254 – is working to support flood-affected farmers and Northland horticulturists whose crops had been impacted.

He says it is still early days in the recovery phase and officials are still working to get a more accurate assessment of the likely cost of the storm, one of the most damaging to hit the region in years.

Mr MacDonald says Civil Defence Minister Nikki Kaye had visited the region yesterday and it was very clear to all parties that even at this early stage the recovery process will be a prolonged one which could take a number of months and run into millions.

He says recovery and other storm-related information will also continue to be posted as required, including on the Northland CDEM Group’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/civildefencenorthland and the Northland Regional Council’s website www.nrc.govt.nz/civildefence

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tokenism Of New Zealand's Role Against Islamic State

To date, the Opposition has continued to occupy itself with the marginalia of the issue. E.g. whether Key did or didn’t know whether Barack Obama would be present at the US briefing last week on IS, or whether New Zealand’s military involvement is or isn’t already a fait accompli.

It might be better to tackle the issue, head on. Our contribution against IS will be to send SAS forces to train the Iraqis? That’s like offering trainers to General Custer just as the 7th cavalry reached the Little Big Horn.
More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Scoop Business: Shell And Todd Caught Drilling Without Approval

Multi-national oil company Shell’s New Zealand arm and local energy giant Todd Energy have breached the new law governing New Zealand’s Exclusive Economic Zone, the Environmental Protection Authority says in an Oct. 10 document released by the Green Party. More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Tea Breaks 'Gone By Lunch Time'

“How cynical that on the eve of Labour weekend, the National government is pushing through legislation that takes away the statutory right to tea and meal breaks along with collective bargaining protections, and makes vulnerable workers jobs even less secure." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Pharmac, Gough Whitlam And Sleater-Kinney

We’re not at the outset of these negotiations. The outset was six years ago, and negotiators were hoping to have some sort of ‘framework’ deal finished in time for the APEC meeting in a few weeks’ time. These ‘extreme’ positions are what we’ve reached near the intended end of the negotiations… More>>

ALSO:

PM Of Many Hats: Questions, No Answers On Whale Oil

Dr RUSSEL NORMAN (Co-Leader – Green) to the Prime Minister: How many times since November 2008 has he spoken with blogger Cameron Slater on the phone and how many times, if any, has he texted him?
Rt Hon JOHN KEY (Prime Minister): None in my capacity as Prime Minister. More>>

ALSO:

Aussie Investigation Dropped: Call On Minister McCully To Pursue The Case Of Balibo Five

West Papua Action is deeply concerned at the lack of any clear outcome from the Australian Federal Police inquiry into the 1975 deaths of the ‘Balibo Five’ including NZ journalist Gary Cunningham. More>>

ALSO:

'Feed The Kids' Bill: Metiria Turei To Lead Fight On Feeding Hungry Children

Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei is urging all political parties to support the Feed the Kids Bill which she inherited today from Mana leader Hone Harawira. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: State Opening Of Parliament

The House sat at 10.30am on Tuesday before MPs were summoned to hear the Speech from the Throne in the Legislative Council Chamber. More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary Education: Students Doing It Tough As Fees Rise Again

The Government is making it increasingly difficult for Kiwis to gain tertiary education as fees continue to rise and access to student support becomes even more restricted, Labour’s Tertiary Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. More>>

ALSO:

Housing, Iraq: PM Press Conference – 20 October 2014

Prime Minister John Key met with press today to discuss:
• Housing prices and redevelopment in Auckland
• Discussions with Tony Abbott on the governmental response to ISIS, and New Zealand’s election to the UN Security Council More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news