Flood dam­ages path­ways

The Tribune (NZ) - - WHAT'S ON - JA­NINE RANKIN

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

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/STUFF

Fresh ero­sion on the Man­gaone Stream has ex­posed more stormwa­ter pipes.

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