23 Jul 2021

Westport flooding leaves 100 homes unlivable, medium term housing sought

11:44 am on 23 July 2021

More than 100 homes in Westport are now expected to be declared uninhabitable following the devastating floods.

Westport Floods photographed by Anita O'Brien

Westport Floods photographed by Anita O'Brien Photo: supplied

Buller Emergency Operations Centre public information manager Lisa Glass said the final number of red-stickered homes was still being confirmed, but she expected it to be more than 100.

Glass said about 400 homes had been yellow-stickered, meaning they could be habitable once repairs were done and they were cleaned up.

She said there would be a big need for short to medium term housing in Westport.

The handful of people who have been staying in the last remaining emergency accommodation, set up at South School, are expected to be re-homed today.

"The civil defence welfare team have been helping out these people one at a time to make sure they will be safe and settled," Glass said.

"This has taken a wee while because we didn't want to shuttle people between a series of very short-term options. We wanted to be able to give them somewhere to feel a bit more stable in for the short-medium term."

She said the school would be ready for the students to return at the beginning of the new term on Monday.

The crews started work this morning collecting carpet and household items that were put out on the kerb in Menzies St.

The New Zealand Defence Force, Buller District Council staff and Westreef contractors worked together to remove flood damaged items from homes in Westport. Photo: RNZ / Samantha Gee

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