Invercargill Metropolis Council to think about placing $100,000 in the direction of flood reduction


The flooding near Wyndham, Southland, taken at noon on February 5.

John Holtum

The flooding close to Wyndham, Southland, taken at midday on February 5.

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt needs the town council to place $100,000 in the direction of flood reduction within the Southland area.

Shadbolt mentioned he would ask metropolis councillors to comply with the funding at a rare council assembly on February 17 and they might vote on it. 

If the funding is accepted, it is going to add to the $200,000 already dedicated in the direction of flood reduction by the Authorities – $100,000 for the agricultural sector and $100,000 for the long-established mayoral flood reduction fund.

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt wants the city council to put $100,000 towards flood relief in Southland.

Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt needs the town council to place $100,000 in the direction of flood reduction in Southland.

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Shadbolt mentioned he and deputy mayor Toni Biddle attended a Civil Defence briefing on Monday and have been advised folks affected by the floods would have numerous assist at this stage.

Nonetheless, in two to a few weeks time the affect would hit them laborious and a plan wanted to be in place to assist them.

The council’s fund might assist folks with the “little issues”, he mentioned.

“They could not have insurance coverage, their automobile might have flooded out they usually might have a carburettor changed, simply these little issues that may actually tip folks over the sting.

“It is good to have a fund with no standards or committee connected to it, simply appoint one particular person to do this speedy response to quick time period [problems].”

Biddle mentioned 25 to 30 homes affected by the flooding had been “yellow stickered” and these folks had moved into Invercargill or Mataura to stick with household and pals.

“Whereas the flooding hasn’t affected the town’s land it is undoubtedly affected the folks inside our group,” she mentioned at a council committee assembly on Monday.

It was essential the council thought of its contribution, she mentioned.

She praised the group effort and “humanity of individuals” throughout the Southland-wide flooding response.

In the meantime, Cr Nobby Clark expressed concern at Monday’s council committee assembly over what would occur if Invercargill suffered a catastrophe with the ouvea premix at the moment saved in sheds in its area. 

Noting the problems Mataura has had with ouvea premix in its shed beside the Mataura River, he mentioned ouvea premix was saved in 4 sheds within the metropolis’s district. 

“I do know this can be a long-term situation that has gone on for years … but when we now have a significant catastrophe right here are we going to face what Matuara probably confronted,” he requested.

“They have been discussing issues like ammonia leaks and the potential for explosions.”

Senior staffer Cameron McIntosh mentioned the town council was partaking in a regional response to type out the problem.

Biddle mentioned the mayoral discussion board and “emergency committee” have been having conversations across the course of and it was “undoubtedly a precedence”.