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Storm damage classified as adverse event

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/03/2017
Emergency services respond as Great North Road in New Lynn is closed due to extensive flooding on March 12. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Emergency services respond as Great North Road in New Lynn is closed due to extensive flooding on March 12.

Recent storm damage to farms in Franklin, Hauraki and Coromandel has been declared a medium scale adverse event, opening the way for government assistance.

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy, who visited the regions on Wednesday, says damage is significant and recovery will be a challenge for some farmers.

"The impact of the Tasman Tempest storm brought heavy rainfall ranging from 350mm to 850mm, and is estimated to have been a one-in-80-year event," he said.

''Farmers in the Franklin Ward say they've not seen anything like it."

Mr Guy says Hauraki-Coromandel farmers were well prepared and used to heavy rain, but there's still a lot of silt and debris to clean up.

"Some farmers have lost livestock and supplementary feed where it was stored in paddocks," he said.

Classifying the damage as a medium scale adverse event means the government can help the rural support trusts with recovery efforts.

Volunteer workers can be put onto the farms through the Enhanced Taskforce Green programme, and rural assistance payments can be made to farmers in severe hardship.

Mr Guy is urging farmers to contact their trust or Work and Income to work through their needs.

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