$268,000 in repairs from district flooding

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 08:50 05/12/2012
cannington bridge
SUPPLIED/ Karalyn Reid
IMPASSIBLE: Repair work on Cannington Bridge, which was washed out by flooding on August 7, 2012, has been completed.

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An estimated $268,000 has been the cost of repair work on bridges and roads after extensive flooding around Waimate this year.

The NZ Transport Agency has approved emergency reinstatement funding of $218,000, while the balance of repairs with minor damage will be funded from maintenance budgets.

Roading manager Rob Moffat said Waimate will foot $80,000 of the final repair bill.

"It's virtually completed; there's minor stuff we are completing."

He said numerous minor slips and scouring had significantly contributed to the cost. "We didn't get the full subsidy because some jobs were minor; anything under $1000 didn't get a subsidy."

Mr Moffat had reported that the region experienced between 200 and 270 millimetres of rain on July 31, causing widespread surface flooding and scour damage in the Upper Pareora and Upper Hakataramea areas.

"The major damage was to the Cannington Bridge approach, with the full Back Line Rd end washed out, causing closure to August 7. Further rain on August 8 of around 50mm to 70mm was mainly coastal and caused surface flooding on our coastal roads with some further scour damage; this event also damaged repair work to the Cannington Bridge, closing the road for a further day"

Mr Moffat said resealing work at Cannington Bridge had been completed and a length of road had been replaced.

Replacement culverts were installed on Kennards Rd and Fitzmaurice Rd, and river work had been carried out at Wrights Crossing Bridge, Scotts Bridge and Hakataramea Pass Rd.

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