“Significant rain” has fallen overnight in the Westland District after flooding washed away the Waiho Bridge and slips closed roads.
A state of emergency is continuing after being declared last night after the bridge, south of Franz Josef, was swept away in wild weather. However the Hokitika River has held – a relief for locals.
A 350km stretch of road on SH6 is closed between Hokitika and Makarora, near Wanaka. . .
I have criticised the Provincial Growth Fund and most of the projects to which it has been put.
But rebuilding the bridge and funding other repairs and future flood protection work would be a good use for it.