$1.6m cost of damage to roads


Waitaki District Council is facing an estimated roading bill of $1.6 million, including costs for bridge repairs, after the recent heavy rain. The damage is widespread throughout the Waitaki district, with several roads still closed and a bridge washed away in Dansey’s Pass.

Waitaki Mayor Alex Familton said the cost of the repair bill was “debilitating news”.

“Regardless of how we do it [repairs], it is going to have a financial impact which is unavoidable,” he said.


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