6 Jul 2009

Kaitaia storm cleanup underway

3:03 pm on 6 July 2009

Crews have begun work repairing the damage done to homes in Kaitaia by Saturday's storm, which residents have described as a tornado.

About 20 homes in the Pukepoto Road area were badly damaged, along with windows and sections of roof on Kaitaia Hospital. Most of the damaged homes are owned by Housing New Zealand.

Contractors have been replacing broken windows, doing minor repairs and ordering materials for the major jobs.

Housing New Zealand's Northland manager Rick Boraston says most houses will be repaired by the end of the week, and some work will be finished earlier.

Mr Boraston says at least one family has moved out to stay with relatives while their home is repaired.

Kaitaia's deputy fire chief John Whitlow says residents are still jittery after the freak weather event, however MetService says the risk of a second tornado in the Far North now appears unlikely.