The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

Manawatu thank­fully got off pretty light in terms of the im­pact from cy­clones Deb­bie and Cook, but state Ash­hurst Do­main has been left in is dis­tress­ing.

Driv­ing past at Easter I was stunned to see what was left of the car park at Ash­hurst Bridge.

Given the do­main’s pop­u­lar­ity and aes­thetic value to the re­gion, it was sur­pris­ing to learn it sat out­side the bound­aries of Hori­zons Re­gional Coun­cil’s flood man­age­ment scheme.

Now lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are count­ing the cost of what flood pro­tec­tion op­tions to in­tro­duce, which is cold com­fort for the an­gered pub­lic.

Adding salt to the wound is the re­al­i­sa­tion no re­me­dial works will be un­der­taken un­til the lower river lev­els of spring. How much more of the re­serve will wash away be­fore then?

It’s been a wet and wild April so far, but hope­fully the weather gods will al­low us some re­lief on April 25, so we might at­tend An­zac ser­vices with dry heads, if not dry eyes.

Matthew Dal­las

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