2 May 2011

Bill to repair storm-hit roads could reach $2m

6:01 am on 2 May 2011

Damage to coastal roads in central Hawke's Bay from last week's storm could cost $2 million to repair, civil defence estimates.

In the aftermath of the landslides and flooding, access is cut to Aramoana and the southern end of Pourerere Beach.

Access to Blackhead, Kairakau and Mangakuri beaches is restricted to essential services and residents only

Local civil defence controller Steve Thrush says the damage runs from just north of Kairakau Beach through to Blackhead Beach and extends 5km inland.

Council staff will be out on the roads on Monday to check that they are safe.