Temporary back yard cabins for some Edgecumbe familiesSave
Some Edgecumbe families forced out of their homes by floods will be offered temporary cabins in their own yards while their damaged houses are repaired.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley, who is charged with the Edgecumbe response, and Building Minister Nick Smith announced today about 30 temporary homes would be moved onto people's own properties where possible or the Whakatane Holiday Park where a 'temporary village' would be up and running next month.
It is a joint measure with the Whakatane District Council, which will share the cost of the project.
Tolley said more than 250 homes were damaged when the Rangitaiki River burst its banks in April and there had been more than 90 registrations from people who needed help to find temporary accommodation.
Smith said the temporary cabins would be put next to people's own homes where it was possible. Tolley and Smith visited the first of the homes to go in, a property on Rata Street for homeowners who wanted to stay on their own land.
Smith said putting the homes in Edgecumbe would allow people to stay connected to their communities.
It would supplement other accommodation, such as holiday homes and social housing for those flooded out.
Tolley said clean up crews employed under a $500,000 grant to Enhanced Taskforce Green had also started work this week. More than 2800 Civil Defence payments totalling $722,000 had been given out to help with food, clothing and bedding.