A "full and frank" discussion was held between Taieri
ratepayers affected by May's floods and the Otago Regional
Council at a private meeting yesterday, chairman Stephen
Nearly six weeks after persistent rain caused flooding on the
Taieri, the Otago Regional Council has agreed to meet
A group of Taieri upper pond ratepayers claim their lives and
livelihoods were put at "unnecessary risk" by the early
dropping of flood gates without consultation during last
Unseasonably warm weather in parts of Central Otago has
triggered the first flood warning on the Manuherikia River.
The estimated cost of fixing the damage to Dunedin's roads
from last month's coastal flooding has nearly doubled and the
damage to Otago's highways is estimated to be about $300,000.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council will this evening hold
a meeting to discuss last month's flood with the community.
Mayor Clive Geddes said he had already had a debriefing with
the council's emergency management team.
Whether or not there is a future for the Taieri spill gates
tampered with during last month's flood is being investigated
by the Otago Regional Council.
The University of Otago's master plan is forcing the Otago
Regional Council to look at alternative approaches to its
Leith-Lindsay flood protection scheme.
Proposals for flood mitigation works at East Taieri need to
be taken to residents "with haste", Otago regional councillor
David Shepherd says.
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