in five homes in the South Island district has been damaged by strong
gales that brought down trees and ripped off roofs.
and businesses remain without electricity on Tuesday and residents in
a remote valley are cut off by a slip days after a major storm swept
through the country. Remnants of Cyclone Ita hit much of New Zealand
from Thursday, cutting power, damaging buildings and washing out
roads as the Easter break began.
Howard said Buller has experienced big floods and earthquakes, but
the storm made people realise how underprepared they really were. A
number of residents didn't have basic items such as radios, candles,
batteries or direct plug-in phones.
households and businesses are without electricity and a further 500
in Karamea are using a diesel generator while crews repair storm
Howard said the district could expect ongoing power cuts for the next
two to three months while repairs are made. A boil water notice is
also in place for the district except Reefton, and Mr Howard said it
is likely to stay in place for at least two weeks.
crews using two helicopters have been fixing lines across the rugged
Karamea Bluff that separates Karamea from the rest of the West Coast.
Electricity chief executive Erik Westergaard said homes and
businesses were being powered by a diesel generator on Tuesday but
hoped to have electricity restored by Wednesday.
to 60 homes and other buildings on the West Coast have had roofs torn
off or badly damaged and about 10 of those will have to be
District mayor Tony Kokshoorn said the council would work with
insurance companies to make sure people with storm-damaged property
get help quickly.
Kokshoorn told Radio New Zealand's Morning Report programme
the cleanup could cost up to $20 million but as the region is still
assessing the damage, it is not asking for Government help at this
slip cuts off valley
Tasman District, eight residents in Graham Valley inland from Motueka
remained isolated on Tuesday after the severe weather caused part of
the road into the area to be taken out by slips. The council said it
could be a week before access is restored, but the residents are self
of the stranded property owners, Karsten Schroeder, told Radio New
Zealand's Morning Report programme on Tuesday the
road had been blocked twice in the past three years, so they were
prepared, and the main thing now is to get walking access. He said
two neighbours' hydro power systems were knocked out and they are
relying on generators.
chair of community development for Tasman District Council, Judene
Edgar, said eight properties were cut off and supplies were sent in
by helicopter on Monday including diesel for generators.
farms on the South Island's West Cost sustained severe damage in the
storm. Dairy farmer and Federated Farmers' adverse events
spokesperson, Katie Milne, said she had never experienced a storm so
widespread and vicious in the area.
got hay barns without roofs or completely flattened, some cow sheds
have sustained some damage and of course lots of trees down."
residents also had a miserable start to Easter, as flooding and slips
closed roads across the city, while broken water pipes left parts of
Lyttelton without a water supply.
streets near the city's port were affected and the council had been
providing water from a tanker in London Street. There was also
flooding in the suburb of Mairehau, which was also badly flooded last
resident Julie Cairns said her property has flooded four times now,
the latest being as a result of the storm.
mayor Lianne Dalziel said she had asked for reports on the level of
damage caused to areas such as Heathcote where streets were left
covered in mud.
Dalziel said a timeline for the decision-making process for flood
remediation works in Mairehau will be announced on Thursday.
34 homes in Whakatane and Opotiki were damaged as floodwater took
silt through houses. Chief fire officer Ken Clark said there was also
some sewage contamination and it would be end of the week before
homes are completely cleaned up.