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Majority of Goose Bay residents back home

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/12/2016
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More residents of Goose Bay in Kaikoura can re-enter their homes, despite a temperamental dam and landslip just downstream.

Twelve other homes were re-entered last week, so this leaves just eight properties in Goose Bay unoccupied, as further work needs to be done to ensure the safety, as well as the campground.

The residents were evacuated due to the risk posed by a large landslip across Ote Makura Stream, which created a small lake behind the dam.

Kaikoura District Council Mayor Winston Gray said safety measures will have to be put in place before the remainder of homes can be reoccupied, and those measures may take a little while to develop.

"We've worked closely with the scientists and others to make sure at least some Goose Bay residents can be back in their homes right now. We've done our best to find a balance between practical needs and people's personal safety."

Those who are still not allowed to move back in are allowed temporary access to retrieve belongings, however.

GNS Science engineering geologist Chris Massey said the dam is currently self-regulating and is unlikely to change, however if there is heavy rain the dam may fail and potentially inundate a larger area.

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