$1m to fix Cyclone Ita's leftovers

SVEN HERSELMAN
Last updated 08:22 05/05/2014
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BIG MESS: Brothers Tyrone, Preston, and Austen Maraku, check out the Taylor River after the floods just before Easter.

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Storm damage in Marlborough caused by the tail end of Cyclone Ita that hit just before Easter would cost the region about $1 million, the Marlborough District Council says.

The clean-up is ongoing, with roadworks expected to take another three months to complete.

Marlborough Roads assets manager Steve Murrin said the organisation would be making an emergency works claim for $815,000 to the New Zealand Transport Agency to help cover the cost of the repairs.

He said the worst damage to roads was in the Awatere Valley, where repair costs were expected to reach about $420,000.

He said the core of the work would be made up of repairs to Awatere Valley Rd, where shingle and debris had ripped away the road surface.

Elsewhere in the Awatere Valley there were slips to be cleared, and culverts and drains to be fixed.

Port Underwood Rd needed about $150,000 worth of repairs due to slips and drop-outs. Three retaining walls will have to be rebuilt before Tumbledown Bay Rd can be reopened.

Queen Charlotte Dr and the Kenepuru area escaped with only minor damage, he said, although there were some minor slips. In the north of the district, especially in the d'Urville Island and French Pass areas, trees were blown across roads and, while all roads are open, drivers were being asked to watch for work gangs, Murrin said.

In Blenheim, work was already underway to remove debris and secure the riverbanks along the Taylor River floodway.

The worst-affected part of the Taylor floodway was above the Burleigh Bridge where the flooded river carved new channels, causing some damage to paths and cycling track, Murrin said.

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