Monday, July 15, 2024

Council initiates ‘urgent’ review of Wairoa flood

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council says it is urgently reviewing the cause of flooding in southern Wairoa, operating procedures for the river mouth openings, and timelines associated with the event.

Regional Council Chief Executive, Dr Nic Peet says the council understands the levels of frustration in the Wairoa community and need for answers.

“The reviews are our absolute focus at the moment, and we are also in the process of commissioning an external review of this work,” he said.

“We will make these review outcomes public – with the review of operating procedures expected this week. The technical review of flooding causes will be done as fast as possible, but is complex.”

The Regional Council says it is working closely with Wairoa District Council and Tātau Tātau o te Wairoa to support the community.

“Our Wairoa staff are supporting the Wairoa Civil Defence team, helping with rubbish collection, assisting with debris removal and rubbish collection. We are working with Wairoa District Council and supporting their business-as-usual functions.”

Regional Council Hinewai Ormsby said “our hearts go out to the Wairoa community at this incredibly challenging time.”

The Regional Council is working with the Minister for Emergency Management and Recovery, Mark Mitchell and has “strong and positive connections with Government”, she said.

“We will be sharing any learnings from this event with our partners and the community and are advocating for long-term flood mitigations that ensure better outcomes for Wairoa.”

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