Bad weather delays repairs to flood-hit roads

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Repairs to roads in the Waitaki district affected by this week’s flooding are expected to be delayed as rain and snowfalls slow remedial work.

Waitaki District Council (WDC) roading manager Michael Voss said council’s contractors would continue to liaise with key stakeholders, including Civil Defence and Fonterra, to prioritise which roads required work for accessibility.

“We appreciate people’s patience while we focus on the areas of highest need,” he said.

“Although our contractors are focusing on these priority areas, they are also responding to other requests made through phone calls or emails to the council.

“We also encourage people to contact the council directly if they come across any damaged roads.”

Mr Voss said while the impact of the flooding was significant and ongoing, council engineers were pleased with the performance of the roading network after such a large flooding event.

“Over the past year, considerable work has been put into ensuring our roads are better able to cope with these types of events,” he said.

Mr Voss said until the weather eased and further repairs could be undertaken, road users needed to be aware that the road surface, especially if blanketed with snow, might be in poor condition and to drive to the conditions.