Kapiti begins to mop up

KAY BLUNDELL AND BEN STRANG
Last updated 10:05 21/06/2013

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Kapiti Coast District Council staff and contractors are working across the district to clean up storm debris while several roads remain closed.

About 20 council staff and contractors are clearing fallen trees and branches from roads, footpaths, parks and several private properties.

Arborists are dealing with some of the larger trees although some have been cordoned off till the winds die down and conditions are safer.

Compared to Wellington, Kapiti got off pretty lightly.

Electra network manager Ross Leggett said about 200 houses were without power overnight in the Kapiti and Horowhenua districts.

Power was lost to part or Te Horo and Ohau, after trees fell onto lines.

A transformer at Reikorangi blew on Friday morning after trees fell onto lines, cutting power to the community.
Work is still being carried to repair damage caused by fallen trees and high winds.

Staff from Levin were sent down to Kapiti to relieve staff who were working through the night, and are replacing the transformer in Reikorangi.

Minor faults were also found in Ngarara Rd, Waikanae, and Kapiti Rd in Paraparaumu.

Paekakariki Hill Rd is closed till at least 6pm due to slips on the Porirua side. Waterfall Rd is closed to all but residents.

Part of a roof was blown off the Raumati South Memorial Hall this morning and dumped in an adjacent tennis court. 
There is a tree down in Rodney Grove and Ruahine St and a large tree has fallen across the corner of Peka Peka and

Paetawa Rd. Trees are also down in the Maungakotuktuku Valley.

Most sportsfields are expected to be closed this weekend.

The service has responded to about 10 callouts so far this morning, relating to roof tiles and flashing lifting, fallentrees and surface flooding.

Waterfall, Paekakariki and Jeep roads are closed, but are expected to re-open later today.

Kapiti Coast District Council's call centre logged six calls between midnight and 6am, mostly related to fallen branches and tree debris blocking roads.

Some homes in Raumati South were without power overnight and street lights were out in Paekakariki.

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