More flood-affected households are seeking temporary accommodation

Flood damage to the Maitai Golf Course Bridge and Pump Track in Maitai Valley, Nelson after the severe weather event.


Flood damage to the Maitai Golf Course Bridge and Pump Track in Maitai Valley, Nelson after the severe weather event.

There are now 49 households affected by the severe weather event at the South Summit who have registered for temporary accommodation.

That figure is up from the 34 households that had registered as of September 5, according to figures provided by the Department for Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE), which coordinates the Employment Service. temporary accommodation (TAS).

Since CAS was activated in the region on August 29, 49 households have signed up for the service.

Of these, 36 are from the Nelson region, nine from the Tasman region and four from Marlborough.

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Julia Shanahan, TAS response and recovery manager, said the matching and placement team worked closely with local authorities to transition households from civil protection emergency accommodation to temporary TAS housing while their homes were being repaired, rebuilt or inaccessible.

“TAS also continues to assess the level of damage and understand the needs of the community to meet future requests for housing assistance.”

“We expect requests for assistance to increase over the coming weeks and months as more people become aware of the extent of the damage to their property,” Shanahan said.

Between Tuesday, September 27 and Thursday, September 29, two TAS team members will be working in the Nelson community to answer questions and take registrations from those who may need temporary housing.

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Video shows the damage to Devenish Place, Atawhai, after a river of water and debris sank it. (First published August 18, 2022)

They will work with affected residents to discuss individual household needs, such as where they work, where their children go to school, or any other requirements they may have, including accessibility and pets. servants.

TAS said it was aware of limited accommodation options in some areas and was evaluating options that would provide stability for families.

“Where there is a shortage of rental housing in an affected area, TAS purchases and deploys a supply of additional housing to be used as temporary accommodation to support the recovery of residential housing.”

An assessment of the demand for temporary housing and the need for additional housing supply is underway.

The service encourages anyone with a current or anticipated need as a result of the floods and landslides to register for the, or call 0508 754 163 Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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