Big clean up begins for flood damaged district
‘‘I wish I could say if we raised the stop banks high enough you can hold the water back, but how high do you raise them?’’
‘‘Regional Council was starting to look at what needed doing in Piako two months ago to revise the scheme.’’
He said the council was considering where the scheme needed lifting and survey marks to find the low points.
It was also considering the cost to farmers for any upgrades.
‘‘I wish I could say if we raised the stop banks high enough you can hold the water back, but how high do you raise them?
‘‘They had 80 metres in one area totally sandbagged.’’
Matamata-Piako Mayor Jan Barnes says she has every confidence in the level of support that’s available to people in rural and urban areas.
‘‘Yes there is some flooding, but we’re here for the community.
‘‘The situation is being well managed by highly capable people.
‘‘Both myself and elected members are available to go out and see anyone who wishes to speak to us,’’ she said.
The deluge caused land slips in the area.
A major land slide closed the Kaimai Range on the Hamilton side for 24 hours on Good Friday.
Land slides also caused damage to Totara Springs outdoor hydroslide, which is the longest in NZ.
The slide goes through bush to a pool at the bottom.
Camp director Richard Davis said he wasn’t sure when they would be able to properly survey the full extent of the damage.