22 Jul 2020

Civil Defence makes 'good progress' on visiting cut-off Northland residents

5:25 pm on 22 July 2020

Civil Defence has made contact with residents in difficult to reach remote districts cut off by the flooding in Northland.

Flood damage to SH1 at Mangamuka Gorge, Northland.

Flood damage to SH1 at Mangamuka Gorge, Northland. Photo: NZTA

Its efforts to get to three areas prone to flooding were hampered by slips blocking roads.

Northland Civil Defence spokesperson Murray Soljak said today's heavy rain and strong winds are unpleasant and people are toughing it out.

"The work is continuing it just makes it hardgoing for everybody out there and we feel for all of them," he said.

The areas Civil Defence reached were Waikare, Mangamuka and Peria.

"We made good progress yesterday getting in touch with and getting people into those communities where we just hadn't heard from people. We're happy now that the people in those communities have what they need to get through the immediate phase."

Many residents in Moerewa, one of the towns worst hit by the flooding, will have their wastewater restored by the end of tomorrow.

"Those septic tanks tend to fill up when the property is flooded and it means people can't flush their toilets or have a shower so there's a big push on there to do 70-plus septic tanks over the next two days," said Soljak.

Metservice meteorologist Tahlia Crabtree said Northland can expect strong gusts and showers today with the rain and wind easing tomorrow and clearing in time for the weekend.

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