April 18, 2017
Shelter sought as Edgecumbe cleanup reveals extent of damage
The Government is activating a Temporary Accommodation Service for Edgecumbe residents hit by last week's floods.
East Coast MP and Lead Minister for Edgecumbe Anne Tolley says it will be similar to the schemes run after the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes, where the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to connects distressed families with accommodation providers such as holiday homes or hotels.
The Government is also considering building temporary housing near the Bay of Plenty town
At least 14 homes will have to be completely demolished, and 240 houses have been yellow-stickered by Whakatane District Council as not yet safe to live in.
The Ngati Awa volunteer army was out again today for the fourth day of the clean-up, clearing away the silt left when the Rangitaiki River burst a stopbank and helping residents dump damaged furniture, carpets, whiteware and other possessions.
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