Repairs to cost $1.1m

RHONDA MARKBY
Last updated 05:00 23/11/2012
flooding repairs

Repair working being carried out on the approach to a bridge in Cannington after flooding earlier in the year.

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Timaru District Council has more than $1.1 million of damage to its roads and bridges caused by three floods and will need to find almost $500,000 from its own purse for the repairs.

Just how the repairs will be paid for will be up for discussion at the council's district services committee on Tuesday.

More than 500 millimetres of rain was recorded during the three floods in July and August.

Although much of the damage was minor, land transport manager Andrew Dixon said the damage was over a large portion of the district, and it was worse in the foothills than on the plains.

Although many roads were closed in the Levels Plain and Temuka area, there was widespread scouring of unsealed and sealed roads in the foothills.

Raincliff Bridge suffered the most damage when a pier dropped. Its repair bill is expected to be $200,000, and a dozen other bridges will require lesser repairs.

Repairs for all flood damage to roads and bridges is expected to top $1.1m and the council has asked the New Zealand Transport Agency for financial assistance for 55 per cent of the cost, leaving the council with $495,000 to find.

Mr Dixon's report suggests five options for funding for the council's share, with funds coming from rates and the over-expenditure to be caught up next year; by reducing spending in other areas; asking Timaru District Holdings for more money; or using funds from either the council's contingency or disaster recovery fund.

His preferred option was for the money to come from the disaster recovery fund. It has a balance of $2.18m whereas the contingency fund has only $400,000 because it was used after the snowfall in 2006.

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- The Timaru Herald

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