6 Jan 2011

Talks to be held on flood aid for Tasman

3:11 pm on 6 January 2011

Tasman District Council is to have discussions with various government agencies to determine what financial assistance may be given following flooding in the region.

The Aorere River hit a 150-year peak during a storm last week. Two bridges were washed away, 20 houses flooded and farmland damaged, prompting farmers to call on the Government for help.

Mayor Richard Kempthorne says the focus has been repairs to houses, roads and farming infrastrucutre.

He says the Government has been quite helpful and there will be further discussions with various agencies such as the Ministry of Civil Defence and the Transport Agency.

Agriculture Minister David Carter says he will visit the area at the end of the month before deciding what help is required.

He says the damaged buildings are well-insured and he is now awaiting a report on the pasture damage.