More rain for Rotorua as clean-up continues


The clean-up from last week’s storm is ongoing and more adverse weather is expected over the next week or so, including the possibility of localised downpours.

Rotorua residents are urged to conduct a check on and around their properties to ensure drains and gutters are clear.

  • Avoid any unnecessary travel during stormy weather or downpours;
  • Drive to the conditions if you do need to;
  • Stay away from waterways;
  • Call 07 348 4199 any time day or night for assistance or to report issues.

The clean up following the latest storm in Rotorua will continue for a few weeks yet with high winds causing substantial damage and mess in many parks and reserves around the district. Considerable work is still needed to tidy up parks and residents are urged to continue to take care and to report anything they think requires urgent attention.

Areas that need immediate work for public safety reasons are the top priority and ongoing clean-up and repairs will follow. Work to clean up and deal with fallen and damaged trees in high use areas such as the inner city, walking tracks and playgrounds have been the top priority for inspections and removal work.

Post-storm checks of trees and areas are ongoing, as is the clean-up. Council has received calls from people concerned about trees, many of them relating to trees on private property. Our general advice is:

  • If you have large trees on your property check them out or have an expert do it;
  • If there is a tree on neighbouring private property that is concerning you, speak to your neighbours in the first instance;
  • If you have concerns about a tree or trees on council property, please phone 07 348 4199 – this line is operational 24/7.

Crews are also working through Tokorangi and Whakarewarewa forests inspecting tracks and removing any fallen trees or storm debris.

It will take some time for all inspections to be completed so visitors to the forest and other woodland reserves should be extra vigilant as some trees could be unstable following the storm.

Fallen or damaged trees can be reported to Council on 07 348 4199 as well as any cesspits that are blocked with leaves and other debris.

High water levels also damaged some lakeside reserves. The wall at Gisborne Point was eroded and there was some damage to paving at the lakefront. People are urged to continue to take care while around any rivers, streams or lake edges for the next few days.

  • If you need assistance call 07 348 4199 24/7
  • To report a fallen tree, slip or flooding, please let Council's Customer Centre know by calling 07 348 4199.

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Page reviewed: 12 Jan 2018 2:30pm