Landslips block residents' access

About 15 people living on Otago Peninsula were blocked in by slips in two directions yesterday.

Senior Constable Lox Kellas, of Portobello, said Seal Point Rd residents were getting out yesterday by walking past the slip, which washed away a section of Highcliff Rd and swallowed two cars, and then being ferried in vehicles parked on the other side.

On Highcliff Rd towards Portobello there were about three or four slips across the road and about another four places where the road had slumped, Snr Const Kellas said.

Cracks had also appeared in the surface on the road. Among the residents blocked in was a sheep farmer who had been unable to get his stock picked up.

The slip on the Dunedin side of Highcliff Rd would probably keep that section of road out of action for some time and ''major works'' would be required to fix it.

It would be simpler on the Portobello side, and contractors were working hard on that section yesterday, but Snr Const Kellas was unsure when it would be cleared.

He had lived on Otago Peninsula for 30 years and Wednesday's storm damage was the worst he had seen, he said.

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