1 Nov 2009

Track cleared to reach stranded Hawera residents

7:49 am on 1 November 2009

Roadworkers have cleared a track through a massive slip near Hawera in Taranaki, giving emergency access to stranded residents.

Heavy rain brought a wall of mud 80 metres wide down onto Tangahoe Valley Road 20km northeast of Hawera on Thursday morning, cutting power to about half a dozen homes.

Power generators were flown in on Friday to ensure a water supply and contact has now been made with all the residents.

Bev Sowerby says it is a relief to have the fridge and freezer running. Residents are using wood burners to heat water and barbecues for cooking.

Gary Bedford of Taranaki Regional Council says it could take several days to restore power lines. He says the road will not be open again until at least Monday.