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Today the Mayor has agreed to extend the local transition period for Westport under s94D of the Civil Defence Emergency Management Act 2002.
Over 100 residents displaced by the flood are currently in motel/hotel/campground accommodation, with others living on their own properties with limited access to kitchen and/or bathroom facilities. Welfare and psycho-social issues are ongoing and will need to be carefully managed, particularly for residents who are using shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, should Covid-19 be found in our community.
Significant work is currently underway to provide temporary accommodation solutions that better meet the welfare needs of our displaced residents. It is highly likely that the transition powers will be needed over the coming weeks to carry out works to enable these temporary accommodation solutions to progress in a timely way.
NEMA along with Temporary Accommodation Services (TAS) have been consulted as part of this extension.
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Community Meeting for Yellow Stickered Homeowners
An information evening with the Residential Advisory Service and Flood Recovery Network Members to offer support and information about insurance claims and related issues.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions this invitation is for Yellow stickered homeowners only.
Temporary Accommodation Update
There has been a high level of community interest in the flood recovery temporary accommodation project(s). The Flood Recovery Team will endeavour to provide regular updates to keep the community informed of progress.
Stafford Street Site
Laings Property Limited; who transported the houses to the site, will return next week to complete the piling and secure the houses onto their piles. Initial fencing, hard-fill driveways, car parking, clotheslines and timber decking for each house will be completed prior Christmas (weather permitting). Landscaping will continue in the New Year. Read more here.
Queen Street Site
The council site at 177 Queen Street has been cleared and prepared by local contractors in preparation of the arrival of three further houses for temporary accommodation. The houses were built in 2021 by Hawke’s Bay Homes and have been supplied by MBIE to provide temporary accommodation for people who have been displaced by the July flood event. All three houses are scheduled to arrive in Westport on the morning of Tuesday 2nd November.
Road of Recovery Workshops
A FREE Post Flood Workshops to assist you in emotional recovery. Workshop will be facilitated by Mary Ponder, former counsellor, author of IgnitionPlus and current Pastor of Westport Elim Church.
Mary has extensive experience having presented 62 Post Quake Workshops in Christchurch. Learn more
Check out the Flood Recovery Facebook Page for more upcoming community events
Need help? Ph 0800 768 348
If you have been affected by the July flood event in Westport and need help to understand your options, pop along to the Community Hub and meet with the team for a cuppa and a friendly chat. Open Monday to Friday from 9.30am-4.00pm and on Saturday between 12.00-2.00pm.