Flood damages pathways
Palmerston North walkers and bikers can expect to encounter some muddy patches and diversions on the Manawatu Riverside and Mangaone Stream shared pathways as water-logged conditions continue.
City council leisure assets officer Brian Way said flooding had left a trail of silt, debris and some erosion.
‘‘There has been some damage, and some work is needed to clean up, and we will get on to it.’’
Some of the worst damage was at the Ashhurst Domain end of the riverside pathway from Raukawa Rd, where sections of the track had been lost.
Way said people could still use the pathway, but the end of it had been swept away, the drop was fenced off, and a rough detour was needed to get back to the road.
There was a logjam at Waitoetoe Park, and a couple of sections of erosion that might require the pathway to be re- routed further inland from the river.
Upstream, near Waterloo Park, the river had lifted a section of asphaltic concrete.
There had also been further erosion on the Mangaone Stream, exposing stormwater pipes downstream from Pioneer Highway, near Mangaone Park, but well clear of the pathway.
The erosion had started last winter, and had been earmarked for repairs over summer.
Water and waste services manager Robert van Bentum said the ground had not dried out enough to allow it to be done, and the area had been fenced off.
‘‘Some work is needed to clean up, and we will get on to it.’’ BrianWay, PNCC
Fresh erosion on the Mangaone Stream has exposed more stormwater pipes.