Maybe more Omokoroa slips looming

An Omokoroa house following last week's cyclone Debbie floods. Photos:Cameron Avery.

Some Omokoroa residents were taking a break in the weather on Friday to move out of their homes, while engineers assess the danger of more hillside slips.

People reported to SunLive that parts of one street are being closed to pedestrians.

Western Bay of Plenty District Council communications manager Frank Begley says part of Harbour View Road which was closed to vehicles last week due to the slips will be closed to pedestrians also due to the possibility of further slippage.

He’s asking people to stay away from the area until more is known about the danger.

The slips occurred after heavy rain last week from Cyclone Debbie’s passage over the country.

It resulted in several coastal slips as well as the earth movement further inland. Four families moved out ahead of cyclone Cook’s arrival on Thursday.

One resident who had lived in McDonnell Street was moving out after a large slip took a large section of his property.

In the morning he found it had undermined a retaining wall and his garden shed was left hanging precariously over the edge.

His property also backed onto a Western Bay of Plenty District Council reserve which has been completely destroyed.

“We’ve had inspectors from the council investigating because we had sewerage and storm water drains running through the back of our property which have all been broken off and taken down. It’s not good,” says the man who didn’t want to be named.

A report on the council website shows a submission by Elizabeth Young from 2014 challenging the council to take action to mitigate the natural hazard.


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