13 Dec 2012

Dozens still need emergency housing after tornado

8:30 pm on 13 December 2012

Civil Defence says nearly 80 people displaced by last week's tornado in west Auckland still need emergency accommodation.

The tornado killed three people at a construction site and seriously damaged at least 22 homes in the suburb of Hobsonville.

Civil Defence spokesperson Clive Manley says emergency accommodation is not expected to be needed beyond next week.

However, he says the number of damaged homes is expected to rise as insurers, building owners and the Defence Force continue to assess properties.

Mr Manley says contractors and residents are working hard to clear the streets of debris.

He says 24-hour security remains in place along the worst-hit streets to deter looters, and no theft has been reported since it was introduced.