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Building inspectors will visit further homes in Central Hawke’s Bay affected by flooding today.

Rapid building assessments will be done in OngaOnga and on Drumpeel Road today.

An urgent evacuation notice was issued for Drumpeel Road yesterday following rapidly rising water levels, with residents asked to go to the Civil Defence Centre in Waipawa.

Building assessments were carried out yesterday in Porangahau, and Waipawa on Wednesday.

Homes are given a white sticker if there are no issues; yellow sticker if there is restricted access; and are red stickered if they deemed to be unsafe.


Water has begun being pumped back into the Waipawa and Waipukurau supplies after flood damage took both out on earlier in the week.

The issue also affected the Otane township.

Yesterday the Central Hawke’s Bay District Council said critical water restrictions would remain in place, and that any water that comes from taps is not safe to drink, and must be boiled before use.

Otane could be without water until mid-next week, with residents having to rely on supply from tankers.

Tankers are located at the Otane Town Hall, Waipawa Fire Station, CHB Municipal Theatre, outside the Centralines Sports Complex, and opposite GM Panelbeaters on Racecourse Road in Waipukurau.


The Tararua District Council has put precautionary boil water notices in place for the Pongaroa and Akitio water supplies.

The Council said high turbidity levels caused by Cyclone Gabrielle mean effective chlorination cannot be conducted, and drinking water standards cannot be met.

People connected to the supplies are advised to boil water before drinking, preparing food, making ice, brushing teeth, and preparing infant & toddler formula.

Bottled water was delivered to Pongaroa last night, and a tanker is to be setup at the Pongaroa Community Centre today.

Meanwhile Dannevirke residents are being asked to conserve water.

The Council says they are still solely reliant on the on the impounded supply.


Just under 300 Central Hawke’s Bay properties remain without power this morning.

Centralines restored power to over 500 customers yesterday, leaving 290 without electricity.

Centralines spokesman Danny Gough said approximately 5,600 customers have had their power restored since the Cyclone hit on Monday night.

 He said the 290 households remain without power, mostly due to access issues or more complex damage to the network.   

Meanwhile Scanpower restored power to 145 homes on its network yesterday. 

Under 100 of its customers remain without electricity this morning, and Scanpower thanked residents for their patience as crews navigate their way through wet weather, slips, fallen trees and flooding.

Picture is of Gollens Bridge on the Pourerere Road