FROM THE EDITOR
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.