7 January 2018
The clean-up following the storm that affected Rotorua on Friday and Saturday will continue during the next week.
Continued care is urged on roads throughout the Rotorua district in the coming days due to the ongoing risk of slips and treefalls because of ground saturation.
Forest users should also take extra care with tracks affected by fallen trees and debris and risk of further treefalls. Work to clear tracks will be ongoing.
The winds posed the biggest problem, keeping crews busy dealing with fallen trees and debris throughout the city and district and prompting some temporary road closures. In some places fallen trees were cleared enough so that roads could remain open but some road shoulders remain closed and clean-up of these areas will be completed during the upcoming week.
Fulton Hogan road crews dealt with 37 reported fallen trees and/or branches on Friday. They were stood down over the weekend other than to deal with new jobs and responded to two new reported treefalls, on Te Waerenga Rd and in Rerewhakaaitu, during the weekend. An excavator was needed to clear a large fallen tree in Whittaker Road, Koutu. The road crews will be working throughout the district during the next week to clear away remaining debris and treefalls from roadsides and to check the roading network.
Generators had to be used to run 10 local sewerage pump stations in the Okere, Otaramarae, Okawa Bay, Tikitere and Mourea areas overnight Friday but all systems were operating as normal again from about 9am Saturday when power was restored to affected areas. While inflows were greater than normal wastewater and stormwater systems coped well during the storm. A small sewer overflow from a manhole on Mataikotare Rd on Saturday, which occurred due to power outages, was cleaned up and posed no environmental risk.
There was some damage to paving at the lakefront but the extent of that has yet to be assessed.
About 90 calls regarding storm-related issues were received by Rotorua Lakes Council’s after-hours call centre on Friday and Saturday.
Call the council on 07-3484199 any time to report fallen trees, debris or slips