Town passes storm test in style

Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE -

Last weekend we ex­pe­ri­enced four sea­sons in as many days, with the rain af­fect­ing us all in one way or an­other. Some have called it the worst storm in decades!

The road north was closed, and many hun­dreds of trav­ellers had to change plans and stay overnight in Kaik­oura. Many oth­ers were trapped be­tween slips along the north­ern coast line and had to brave the el­e­ments un­til help ar­rived in the form of two Ford Bro’s load­ers at dawn.

I would like to thank Anthony, Dave and the team from Downer who were on the ground from the start of the storm clear­ing slips from State High­way 1. It’s at times like this that we are thank­ful for strong work­ing re­la­tion­ships with our key stake­hold­ers. An ex­am­ple of this is the will­ing­ness of Ford Bros Con­tract­ing to re­spond im­me­di­ately to the call for as­sis­tance by de­ploy­ing two load­ers and driv­ers to start clear­ing slips. This al­lowed Search & Res­cue 4WDs and uni­mog to get to ve­hi­cles stranded be­tween Ohau Point and the shin­gle fans.

I would also like to give spe­cial men­tion to the BP Ser­vice Sta­tion staff who stayed open to as­sist mo­torists overnight. Both BP and Cal­tex pro­vided a com­mu­ni­ca­tion hub on Thurs­day and Fri­day that was an im­por­tant way to re­as­sure people caught up in the event.

A spe­cial thanks to the re­tail­ers and staff who kept calm and car­ried on as the storm tested ev­ery­one’s pa­tience. Thanks also to the Telco com­pa­nies who re­placed 1.5 kilo­me­tres of ca­ble to re­con­nect us with the rest of the world!

The storm and sub­se­quent fail­ure of our com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­works is a timely re­minder to have an emer­gency plan in place with your whanau and neigh­bours. If we are able to look af­ter each other in the short term, this al­lows the District Coun­cil, con­trac­tors, and other ser­vices to fo­cus on as­sess­ing and rec­ti­fy­ing prob­lems.

Fi­nally, from what I have seen and ex­pe­ri­enced in my short time here, Kaik­oura is a re­source­ful and re­silient com­mu­nity with com­mit­ted and welle­quipped emer­gency ser­vices and vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tions, who all work to­gether to main­tain a safe and pros­per­ous com­mu­nity. Re­mem­ber to drive to the con­di­tions and keep an eye out for kids who may be out and about dur­ing the school hol­i­days.

Sergeant Matt Boyce

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