Volunteers standing by to assist
Seddon, Ward, and Awatere Valley homeowners are being urged to let the Seddon Information Centre know if there is any possibility that foodstuffs are rotting inside their properties.
After the latest earthquake hit, on August 16, civil defence officials estimated that a third of the homes they visited were vacant.
Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman said cleanup teams have discovered some properties where kitchen contents have been spilt from cupboards and fridges.
In some cases, people have been too frightened to return home but they need to make arrangements to ensure that foodstuffs are not left to rot, he said.
Contact the Seddon Information Centre on (03) 575 7975 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr Sowman also urged farming families to contact the Seddon Information Centre if they needed help. A lot of people had contacted the centre to offer help.
"We have volunteers standing by to assist and I would hate to think there are any property owners who are reluctant to ask simply because they think they should be able to manage alone."
Nor should anyone delay calling in tradespeople to restore basic services such as plumbing, he said.
"Everyone needs to register their case with EQC but that does not prevent them getting bathroom and toilet facilities repaired immediately."
The information centre is putting people in touch with tradespeople who can help on weekdays.
The Salvation Army would also be operating a drop-in centre for people wanting to talk and get support, the council said.
This would operate at the Salvation Army in Henry St, weekdays, 9am to noon from today.
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