Centre to aid those hit by floods

The Dunedin City Council will open a recovery assistance centre today to support South Dunedin residents and property owners affected by last week's floods.

Council recovery manager Ruth Stokes said the centre was being opened at the Church of Christ hall, at 3 Prince Albert Rd, in response to ongoing demand.

It would be open from noon, with usual opening hours from 10am to 4pm, and a late night on Thursday.

Mrs Stokes said the council was committed to doing what it could to arrange assistance for those most affected by the floods.

Representatives from the council and social services agencies were due to meet this morning to discuss what help would continue to be offered, and by which organisation.

Mrs Stokes said a three-phase recovery programme included setting up the recovery centre, contacting residents and businesses, and working with social services to co-ordinate advice and support.

Skips were being removed from all flood-affected areas, and sandbags would be collected from kerbsides in South Dunedin for the rest of the week. Rubbish and recycling collection was being carried out as usual in all areas.

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