Northern News : February 9th 2011
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Then visit www.hekorowaitrust.co.nz Antique Fair Sat & Sun 10am - 5pm Adults $5, children free, free re-entry, free parking Table Tennis Centre Whangarei Selling everything Victorian to Retro Classic Promotions 03 304 7172 Western Hills Drive 12&13Feb Kensington Park 6th annual This weekend Floods bring shellfish risk Don t eat shellfish from coastal areas or swim in rivers and harbours for the rest of the month. That is the Northland District Health Board s warning after Cyclone Wilma caused flooding in the region. The board says flood- waters may have been contaminated with sew- age and there is a medium-high risk of gas- trointestinal illnesses and skin infections. It warns against swim- ming in rivers or inner harbours -- particularly in the Bay of Islands -- until March 2. Wilma's costly rampage Highway holdup: Cyclone Wilma flooded Otiria Stream cutting State Highway 1 at Moerewa. CYCLONE Wilma will go down as the most significant storm to hit New Zealand in 14 years, with damage costs in the millions. Rain and strong winds lashed the Far North on Northland anniversary week- end, flooding hundreds of homes, cutting power and damaging infrastructure. The Far North District Council estimates it will cost between $3 million and $5m to fix roads and another $1m for infrastructure. Work will include: Repairs to 37 pump stations and treatment plants at Kaeo, Opononi, Russell, Rawene and Paihia Rreplacing a footbridge at Johnson Park, Kawakawa Cleaning reserves at Puke- tona, Haruru Falls, Charlies Rock, Kawakawa and Opua Tidying beaches at Paihia. Top Energy estimates dam- age to its Puketona depot will cost $500,000 to fix with further costs expected from damage to its electricity net- work. Homes seriously damaged are expected to number about 60.Council officers had visited more than than 380 proper- ties at the end of last week. They assessed 27 as having serious damage but expect that number to double as more information comes in. $1m plan to lessen flooding By RICHARD EDMONDSON Stopbanks costing more than $1 million could be built in Kaeo if the community supports a flood reduction plan that has been three years in the making. The Northland Regional Council is seeking public feedback on measures that could reduce the severity of floods in the town and protect properties. The measures, which the council developed with a com- munity liaison committee, include: Building new stopbanks at the southern end of town to deflect floodwaters away from the main street area, State Highway 10 and Whangaroa College Helping property owners in the most flood-prone areas, such as Dip Road, move their homes to higher ground Improving land use regulations so people can t build in areas where the flood risk is high. Land and rivers senior pro- gramme manager Bruce Howse says the stopbanks won t prevent Kaeo from flooding or protect Dip Road properties. However, they will reduce flooding of the highway and the speed and depth of floodwaters in the main street. Mr Howse says the New Zealand Transport Agency and Education Minis- try will fund stopbanks and engineering works associated with the highway and college. The council plans to ask Whangaroa ratepayers to pay more than $1 million towards the works, spreading the col- lection of stage one costs of about $500,000 over five years. This would mean a levy of $67.11 a year per rating assessment. The council is holding a public meeting in Kaeo on Monday week. The stopbanks could be completed by the end of next summer if the community and submissions to the plan approve the works. Mr Howse is waiting for cabinet to say if it will honour the last government s pledge to give $500,000 to help Dip Road residents raise or move their homes. The council submitted a business case in July last year and hopes to receive an interim cabinet decision this month. The meeting is at Whangaroa Memorial Hall (opposite Four Square) in Kaeo on February 21 at 6:30pm. Stop bank options for Tau- ranga Bay will also be dis- cussed. Go to www.northern news.co.nz to see a video of flooding at Kawakawa. Farmers face big clean-up Cyclone Wilma may have ended Northland s drought but it hasn t lessened the burden for farmers. Some lost stock in the storm, while silt and debris carried by floodwaters damaged crops and pasture. Northland Drought Committee spokeswoman Julie Jonker says most farmers are getting stuck into the post-flood clean-up. The region s farmers are a resourceful and pragmatic bunch. The majority have experienced flooding before. Farmers can contact the Rural Support Trust on 0800-787-254 (0800 RURAL HELP) to find out what drought and flood relief help may be available.
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