Monday, July 15, 2024

Tornado cleanup continues today

The clean-up continues in Papatoetoe today in the aftermath of Saturday’s tornado.

More than 60 houses have so far been deemed uninhabitable and around 30 residents remain in emergency accommodation as crews work to restore power to Freyberg Avenue homes.

Auckland Emergency Management duty controller, Parul Sood said response teams were out in force today to assist the Papatoetoe community with clean-up today.

Auckland Council building inspectors have assessed around 240 houses.

“Building inspection teams continue to visit homes affected by the tornado, waste collection is well underway and street clean up contractors continue their efforts,” she said.

“Response and inspection teams have visited almost all of the properties in the worst hit areas however, the nature of tornadoes has them hopping down a path, which can sometimes mean small areas of damage quite a distance away from the main site.

“If you have not been visited by emergency services or inspection teams and have damage to your property that needs reporting or you need assistance, please phone us on 0800 22 22 00.”

People affected by the tornado in Papatoetoe who need help with accommodation, financial assistance and insurance advice can visit the Civil Defence Welfare Hub at Allan Brewster Leisure Centre, 7 Tavern Lane, Papatoetoe between 9am and 7pm.

If you cannot make it to the hub, please phone Auckland Emergency Management on 0800 22 22 00 for assistance.

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