Friday, July 19, 2024

Levin tornado recovery assistance sweeps in

Levin is set to receive $100,000 in Government funding to help the community recovery from this morning’s tornado, Minister for Emergency Management, Kiri Allan has confirmed.

The Minister said the Government would contribute $100,000 to a Mayoral Relief Fund to aid Levin – matching the donation made by Horowhenua District Council.

“My thoughts are with everyone who has been impacted by severe weather events in Levin and across the country,” said Ms Allan.

“I know the tornado has caused considerable damage and been extremely disruptive to the Levin community. While it’s too early to know the full cost of the damage, this initial contribution will help ensure there is minimal delay in supporting those who need it.

“I have been in touch with Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden to offer the Government’s support and want to thank everyone who has moved quickly to respond to this event and keep people safe.

“As the response moves into clean up and recovery, I encourage everyone in the region to continue to follow advice and instructions from Civil Defence and the Horowhenua District Council. Stay safe, don’t take any chances,” Kiri Allan said.

Mayor Wanden said it was “heartening” to receive confirmation of the Government’s funding offer.

“The extent of the damage is still unveiling itself, but what we know is that our community needs help. The Mayoral Relief Fund will be used to help those in our community who have suffered loss and damage as a result of today’s severe weather event,” he said.

“My thoughts are with those that have been affected by this weather event.”

Mayoral Relief Funds help communities bounce back after an emergency. Local communities and councils understand where the immediate needs are and how to help whānau, community organisations and marae.

The funds are in addition to other support that may be available from other agencies such as the Ministry of Social Development and Ministry for Primary Industries.

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