Dis­as­ter jobs for floods con­tinue

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A spe­cial Porirua City Coun­cil re­cov­ery team has been cre­ated to fo­cus on re­pair­ing the city’s ar­eas dam­aged by flood­ing, slips and the earth­quake last month.

The coun­cil ini­tially re­ported nearly 450 sep­a­rate jobs but this num­ber has dropped to 326, Porirua mayor Mike Tana said.

Of these, half have al­ready been dealt with and a quar­ter have had ini­tial work com­pleted but will re­quire longer term fixes.

‘‘The re­main­ing jobs are mi­nor and we plan to have as­sess­ments on them all com­pleted by Christ­mas,’’ Tana said.

As well as re­spond­ing to the re­quests for ser­vice, coun­cil staff and con­trac­tors have in­di­vid­u­ally vis­ited 120 prop­er­ties, he said.

‘‘Al­though Porirua has come out rel­a­tively un­scathed com­pared to other parts of the re­gion, the events of mid-Novem­ber have had a large im­pact on some peo­ple, build­ings, roads and in­fra­struc­ture.

‘‘We un­der­stand that it’s frus­trat­ing for peo­ple who are wait­ing for slips and re­pairs to be com­pleted in their ar­eas.

‘‘The coun­cil and con­trac­tors are still work­ing through all of the jobs cre­ated by those events and we ask that peo­ple con­tinue to be pa­tient.’’

Coun­cil chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Tam­sin Evans said the earth­quake and heavy rain led to a high num­ber of slips.

Geotech­ni­cal en­gi­neers con­tinue to as­sess the slips to iden­tify how they oc­curred, what the fu­ture risks might be and what the op­tions for re­me­dial work are, she said.

Coun­cil staff have pri­ori­tised slips that have an im­me­di­ate im­pact on peo­ple and that com­pro­mise a prop­erty or road.

A coun­cil re­cov­ery team had been es­tab­lished to fo­cus on that work, Evans said.

‘‘This week, let­ters will be sent out to those res­i­dents af­fected by ma­jor land slips, which will out­line who will be in­volved with re­pairs, such as the coun­cil, NZ Trans­port Agency or the pri­vate landowner,’’ she said.

‘‘Once full as­sess­ments have been com­pleted, we will be back in touch with pro­posed so­lu­tions and an out­line of the next steps.’’

The full cost to Porirua was still to be de­ter­mined but the coun­cil agreed on Novem­ber 30 to use $600,000 from sav­ings made this fi­nan­cial year to­wards flood and earth­quake re­pairs.

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