Flooding undermines old Reefton landfill

Yesterday afternoon the flooded Inangahua River ate into the western bank of Reefton’s old landfill that was closed in 2004. A considerable amount of debris including residual waste, numerous old rubbish bags and bottles has been washed out.

Council staff became aware of the situation on Friday afternoon and two engineers were immediately dispatched to assess the situation. Upon arrival and assessing the urgency of the situation, staff contacted the West Coast Regional Council to request approval to immediately begin river protection work, without going through the Resource Consent process, given the sense of urgency.

By Tuesday afternoon quotes had been received and a works order issued for work to begin however new flooding had already begun to eat into the landfill site.

Cr David Hawes and Cr Graeme Neylon both made themselves available to inspect the situation. Action was immediately taken late yesterday ensuring the contractor began work straight away, to halt the flow of debris.

Mayor Garry Howard and Operations Manager Steve Griffin inspected the site this morning and progress has been made in securing the site.

With the flood water receding and the diversion in place a temporary solution has been put in place. Restoration and clean up can now be undertaken.