Otago Daily Times

Napier storm: more da­m­age to homes found

- Weather · Disasters · Incidents · Hawke's Bay · New Zealand · Napier · Ian McDonald · Ian McDonald

NAPIER: More homes in Napier have been de­clared un­in­hab­it­able, fol­low­ing Mon­day’s storm.

Hawke’s Bay Civil De­fence said late yes­ter­day af­ter­noon that 225 homes had been as­sessed, and 30 were not fit to live in.

Eleven homes on Napier Hill and two in Marewa were se­verely dam­aged.

Af­fected res­i­dents were evac­u­at­ing to wel­fare cen­tres set up in Napier and Hast­ings, or to friends and fam­ily.

Civil De­fence con­troller Ian McDon­ald said it was too early to put a cost on the da­m­age the storm had caused.

Safety in­spec­tions of dozens more prop­er­ties were likely to be com­pleted today, and the longert­erm chal­lenge would be find­ing per­ma­nent ac­com­mo­da­tion for those now in emer­gency ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Wel­fare checks would also con­tinue.

‘‘Multi­agency teams also con­tinue to check peo­ple’s wel­fare and well­be­ing in the most se­verely im­pacted sub­urbs of Maraenui, Marewa and Pir­i­mai and to co­or­di­nate sup­port to af­fected res­i­dents,’’ Fire and Emer­gency New Zealand area man­ager Ken Cooper said.

‘‘We are work­ing with Kainga Ora to check their ten­ants liv­ing in im­pacted ar­eas.’’

The Gov­ern­ment yes­ter­day an­nounced it was putting $100,000 into the Napier May­oral Re­lief Fund. — RNZ

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