Manawatu Standard

More heavy rain as Westport cleans up


The number of red-stickered houses in Westport should be confirmed soon, as army personnel are deployed to help flood-weary residents clear their homes of damaged items. Buller mayor Jamie Cleine said that by yesterday morning more than 60 homes had been redsticker­ed as uninhabita­ble. ‘‘Well over’’ 300 homes had been yellowstic­kered, meaning they were liveable but needed repair. A Civil Defence spokeswoma­n said authoritie­s expected fewer than 100 homes would end up being red-stickered. There had been more rain overnight, which was heavy at times, she said. ‘‘Huge volumes’’ of household rubbish had to be disposed of, including contaminat­ed carpets and other sodden items that could pose a health hazard if they were not taken away quickly. An Insurance Council representa­tive would be at the NBS Theatre until Sunday to help answer any questions.

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