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Summary: impacts of Cyclone Cook on the Whakatāne District

The impacts of Cyclone Cook on the Whakatāne District are summarised below.

• Coastal inundation damage has been light. No houses have been impacted. People evacuated from all of Ōhope – West End, and parts of Pohutukawa Avenue and Harbour Road can return to their homes, but they should be aware that their water supply has been impacted. Conserve water and don’t flush notices apply.

• The evacuation advisories for the Awatarariki area and campgrounds from Matatā west have also been lifted.

• Power outages have affected much of the District. Our water and wastewater systems have been seriously affected. We’re putting generators at key pump stations, but capacity is low.

• Conserve water and Don’t Flush notices apply to all areas where power is out.

• Te Teko has no water. We’re working to have a tanker supply available.

• Parts of Ōhope and the Hillcrest and Mokorua areas in Whakatāne have no water supply available.

• Boil water notices still apply to the Rangitaiki Plains, Rūātoki, Te Mahoe and Taneatua

• Power is out in:

Whakatāne, Ōhope, Coastlands, Otakiri, Tāneatua, Rūātoki, Waimana, Matatā, Thornton, Galatea, Murupara, Minginui, Ruatāhuna, Waiōtahe and Ōpōtiki through to Cape Runaway.

• No information at this stage on when power will be restored.

• Multiple road closures due to slips and fallen trees, including SH2 at the Matatā straights. These issues will be dealt with progressively.

• Rainfall was unexpectedly light – no problems with stormwater systems and river flows.

• Today’s focus will be on reopening roads and restoring water and wastewater systems to working order. The latter will be dependent on getting power supplies back on to key pump stations.

• Our response team is also working to get more Edgecumbe people back home today. We expect to be able to announce details later this morning.

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