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Financial assistance available after flood

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 11/04/2017

The Government has classified the Bay of Plenty flooding as a medium-scale adverse event, meaning extra recovery assistance is available to residents.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy were in the Bay of Plenty on Tuesday, visiting residents and businesses.

The classification of a medium-scale event made measures available including recovery co-ordination, Ms Tolley says.

"Extra financial assistance is available in the form of civil defence payments and over 500 applications have been received so far," she said.

"Most requests are for personal items like clothing, bedding and food."

Mr Guy said while farmers and growers in the Bay of Plenty are used to a lot of rainfall, the flooding endured on April 5 was "extreme".

Slips, localised flooding, road closures and silt damage have had huge effects, he said.

"Farmers have evacuated about 3500 stock animals and it's also crunch time for our growers as kiwifruit orchards are at the point of harvest."

The Fonterra plant is still closed, with milk being diverted to the dairy factory in Te Rapa and some farmers drying off stock early or moving stock to unaffected properties to continue milking.

Mr Guy said work is being carried out with SPCA, the Fire Service and vets to locate and house abandoned pets.

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