Thursday, December 9

Tairāwhiti state of emergency lifted after floods


Heavy rains have subsided in Gisborne and the state of emergency has been lifted, but authorities say landslides and landslides are causing a second wave of problems.

Katie Fitzpatrick (left) with Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allan after flooding in Gisborne left the resident's property covered in mud.

Katie Fitzpatrick (left) with Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allan after flooding in Gisborne left the resident’s property covered in mud.
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

Torrential downpours saturated the city yesterday, but a heavy rain warning remains in effect until morning.

Many residents of Tūranganui-a-Kiwa are going through thick, deep, muddy and dirty silt today as the heavy rain clearing began.

Katie Fitzpatrick lives at the foot of a steep cliff, and most of it fell on her property yesterday.

“By chance we went, like kiwis do, for a walk to admire all the water around the place, and a cake,” he said.

“We come home to eat our cake and get more wood for the fire and we look out the back door and there is the neighbor’s property in our backyard.”

She described her reaction.

“Words are not good for radio, insert here. Too bad, yeah, too bad it was a good one, I really didn’t know what to do to be honest, there was a lot of water and a lot of mud.”

Katie Fitzpatrick's backyard was covered in thick, deep silt after the Gisborne floods.

Katie Fitzpatrick’s backyard was covered in thick, deep silt after the Gisborne floods.
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

On the first inspection, his home had little damage, but the same couldn’t be said for its section.

“To be honest, there is a lot of mud, I don’t know what to do with so much mud,” she said.

Local leaders, including Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz, visited homes like Fitzgerald’s today to understand the issues firsthand.

“Some are just water damaged, but others, like this one, there is a mudslide surrounding the house, there have been some houses where there is a clear disturbance, where it is not safe to stay there,” Stoltz said outside of the house. Fitzgerald.

Emergency Management Minister Kiri Allan, also a local MP, was also present.

“Now the focus is really evaluating impact, it’s making sure people are connected to the services they need to be connected to, and if not, figuring out who the right people are to be the connectors,” he said.

Nearby, a large slip blocked access to about 20 houses on Hill Rd.

A large slip has blocked access to about 20 homes on Hill Rd in Gisborne.

A large slip has blocked access to about 20 homes on Hill Rd in Gisborne.
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

Houses on the road were evacuated and engineers monitored the situation.

The slip was just a hillside yesterday, lined with native trees and retaining walls.

Shona Egan lives next to the hill and wanted to transform it when she moved to the area nine years ago.

“We just wanted to get rid of the noxious weeds and the honeysuckle … we thought we would try to put it back in the native.”

But now, he didn’t know what would come next.

“Well now it’s going to be a very different pot of fish, the whole profile of the hill has changed.”

Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz speaks to district council staff about the damage in the city.

Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz speaks to district council staff about the damage in the city.
Photo: RNZ / Tom Kitchin

The state of emergency was lifted this afternoon, after the rains subsided and water levels dropped.

“Civil Defense will continue to have teams monitoring the region over the weekend, and our contractors are certainly very busy,” said Tairāwhiti Civil Defense group controller Dave Wilson.

People living on the slopes or river banks were encouraged to check for signs of subsidence, looking for cracks, water coming out of unusual places, sunken lawns, retaining walls or trees at odd angles, creaking in the house or doors. job.

“The current weather system is extremely variable and things can change very quickly, so everyone needs to keep up with the latest information,” said Wilson.

Anyone with a concern should call the Gisborne District Council 24/7 line at 0800 653 800.


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