June 15, 2018
East Coast cleans up after rain dump
Gisborne district mayor Meng Foon says the people of the East Coast are showing their resilience as they clean up after another dumping of rain earlier this week.
The weather has been fine for three days but about 20 roads are still close, bridges needtobe inspected and in some cases repaired, and paddocks on the Turanga Flats are still sodden or under water.
Council is working with the forest industry and farmers to clean up the huge amount of slash washed into waterways and washed up on beaches.
"We’re tough and the good thing about us is manaakitanga is the most important thing in our area, we look after each other. We're very resourceful. No one's going hungry. If someone needs kai, let's put on the barbie toturnout the kai for them. If they need to boil a jug, everybody's got a gas bottle out in the rural areas. We are all able to fend for ourselves," Mr Foon says.
Marae are supporting relief and civil defence efforts, and there are helicopters taking food, medicines and other essential supplied to cut off areas.
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