Road cones sanitised

ANNA PEARSON
Last updated 05:00 07/03/2014

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Contractors spray contaminated road cones in Francis Ave, Mairehau, with disinfectant to prevent staff from getting sick.

Toilet paper and other sewage was still flowing out of a drain in the road yesterday morning. 

Jim Young, of Transfield Services, said some of the cones had been floating in the flood waters. They would be hosed down with a water-blaster once he had finished spraying them.

"We don't want our guys to get sick from touching them before they eat lunch or anything like that," he said.

Young's supervisor, Clint Smith, said staff could contract things such gastroenteritis or, in a "worse case" scenario, hepatitis.

"We need to eliminate the risks involved."

Smith said he saw footage on television of children playing in contaminated water, during the floods, which was "not ideal".

Transfield is putting in cables in Francis Ave to house fibre optics for high-speed internet.

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