At the height of Cyclone Gabrielle the Elsthorpe, Kairakau and Mangakuri areas were significantly impacted by the damage caused on our roading network.
The key impacts experienced by Elsthorpe, Kairakau and Mangakuri were:
• A number of key roads on the network were damaged or flooded so accessibility to the main townships of Waipawa and Waipukurau were cut off.
• Power outages in the district, in particular there were four customers that were without power for a period of 37 days.
• Patangata Bridge closed due to significant damage caused by Cyclone Gabrielle and only other alternate routes limited to 4WD only.
• Telecommunications were down for the first two days and no other alternatives for connecting in with others.
• Significant damage caused to land users, particularly in the farming and agricultural industry.
On Tuesday 4 April a Community Conversation was held with Elsthorpe, Kairakau and Mangakuri communities. Approximately 32 residents attended.
Key issues discussed related to impact of Cyclone Gabrielle on roads, stormwater, flood protection systems, preparedness for future emergency events.
Key issues raised have been collated into themes and actions in the table below. The prioritisation of these actions will be done in partnership at future community conversations to be arranged.
From the key issues raised an immediate action that could be progressed is: install barriers on Elsthorpe Road to inform of flooding and establish protocols for their operation.
To see our first cut of an action plan for Elsthorpe, Kairakau and Mangakuri click here. We will be back out to you in the next couple of months. Keep an eye out here for updates.
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