10 roads closed

Only 10 roads remain closed in the Waitaki district, almost two weeks after torrential rain brought widespread flooding to the region.

The Waitaki District Council and Whitestone Contracting have put in a huge effort over the past week to reopen roads - at the peak of flooding there were more than 120 closure notices.

The focus was on making repairs as quickly as possible so roads could be reopened, compiling a priority list of permanent repairs for later.

Most of those that still have closure notices are affected in short sections.

The worst is at the Kauru River bridge on Kakanui Valley Rd, between Kinnimont and Frenchs Rds, where there is a major washout on the approach, but a detour is in place.

All water schemes are operating, although some have been affected by leaks which showed up as floodwaters dropped causing the ground to subside.

The council is still requesting people who see leaks on schemes or whose water tanks are not filling to contact it.

Tankers with drinking water are still in place at the Herbert Garage, Papakaio Community Centre and in the Waihemo area for consumers who run out.


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