Final quake assessments done
The final South Canterbury houses with earthquake-related damage have been assessed.
There were 14 houses left in South Canterbury to be looked over by Fletcher EQR as part of the Earthquake Commission's Canterbury Home Repair Programme (CHRP).
Fletcher EQR established a hub in Timaru in August 2011. It was closed in November 2013 and since then repairs have been managed through the Christchurch hub.
Fletcher EQR works manager Warwick Neal said a Fletcher team had come down from Christchurch to spend an intensive three days finishing off the final houses. He said it had been an effective and efficient exercise, but was only the first step; the next was starting the repairs.
Neal said damage encountered during the home checks was mostly cosmetic - for example, interior cracks.
Since the CHRP started in October of 2011, 389 properties have been repaired.
If a property had been repaired through the CHRP, all claims for dwelling damage were addressed at the time of repair.
CHRP general manager Reid Stiven said it had nearly completed all earthquake repairs in South Canterbury.
"On top of this, we have now settled 85 per cent of all building claims across the whole of Canterbury. The hard work being done across the region means these homeowners are now back in their homes and can move on with their lives."
EQC received 9839 dwelling, contents and land claims from South Canterbury, including 374 from Mackenzie District, 562 from Waimate District and 8156 from the Timaru District.
To date, EQC has paid out $25,106,565, excluding GST, on these claims. It has cash-settled 5296 claims for minor dwelling damage, land and contents claims across South Canterbury, with 205 in Mackenzie, 4790 in Timaru and 301 in Waimate.
- The Timaru Herald