Road slip remains a danger

MATHEW GROCOTT
Last updated 07:36 01/08/2012

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Large amounts of unstable material remain above a Horowhenua road closed by a slip a fortnight ago.

One lane of Gladstone Rd has since been reopened after the slip on July 18.

However, a Horowhenua District Council spokeswoman said initial geotechnical assessments indicated large amounts of unstable material were still sitting high up on the slip site.

There was also significant cracking in the land surrounding the slip.

That increased instability of the site and more material was expected to come down.

The one lane of the road that is  open is on the side of the road away from the hill.

Concrete barriers and fences line the road between the lane and the  hill to protect traffic.

The road is open to residents only.

Horowhenua Civil Defence welfare officers have been in regular contact with the 14 families who live past the slip site.

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- Manawatu Standard

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