Ōpōtiki area hit hard by floods
A number of North Island regions are in clean-up mode today after a deluge last night.
The downpour has caused widespread flooding and road closures.
In the small town of Ōpōtiki, local Lou Edwards says his neck of the woods is always flooded and something needs to be done about it.
“Every time it floods, it's always like this. Comes right across, goes right across downstream.”
Edwards is currently in clean-up mode with his land and street adjacent to his property thanks to flooding.
Edwards says it's the same thing every time the Waiaua floods, at his place just outside of Ōpōtiki.
“Well, I'll just clean that fence, and this one here, that I'll repair. I always do it eh, because the cows over here they come across I don't want them up there eating all my kumara and all that.”
At 75-years-old, he's grown up here and he's challenging the council to look into the issue.
“The council's done nothing about it which I don't think that's just fair, It makes it worse when it floods, you can't get out. Say if my wife or one of us wants to go to the hospital, something like that. You can't get out.”
The river has no walls and thus flooding spills onto the road.
“But that's the biggest problem, is the bridge. How do you expect all the water to get out?”
The council were unable to respond to us on camera for our broadcasted show yesterday afternoon but they say the top priority for them is getting roads re-opened first before they deal with anything else.