Big clean up be­gins for flood dam­aged district

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‘‘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.

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