Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Council efforts continue to support flood-hit Aucklanders

One hundred and ninety Auckland Council building inspectors were out in force across Tamaki Makaurau today assessing flood-damaged buildings and property.

Since Saturday, more than 2,300 rapid building assessments have been completed and Auckland Council expect there are between 4,000 to 6,000 properties still to be assessed. 

Auckland Council Chief Executive, Jim Stabback described the effort by staff and contractors as “massive”. 

“We are so grateful to everyone who has been involved in assessing flood-damaged buildings and getting support to those who need it most,” said Mr Stabback.

“As of today, more than 160 red notices have been issued, which means a building is not safe to enter and has sustained moderate or heavy damage. More than 650 buildings have received a yellow sticker, which restricts access because of moderate damage.

“I want to acknowledge those Aucklanders who have homes that have been damaged during the floods, and the stress and heartache this will be causing.

“So that our staff can prioritise assessments to flood impacted properties and critical infrastructure, we’ve cancelled all non-essential building inspections through until 7 February.

“We realise this may be frustrating for people wanting to progress their building work, and we appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding during this time,” says Mr Stabback.

Since yesterday, close to 180 tonnes of storm-related waste has been delivered to Auckland Council transfer stations.

“Our staff also have been providing skip bins throughout the region and assisting people where they are dealing with extremely large amounts of waste,” Mr Stabback said. 

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