27 May 2021

Maintenance work on the flood wall near the Ōpōtiki Wharf will get underway next week after a recent inspection by Bay of Plenty Regional Council found trees growing at the base of the wall had become a risk to the town’s flood defences.

If left, in a flooding event the trees and their roots could create a path for water to flow through and seep out which could compromise the flood wall.

Toi Moana Engineer, Tony Dunlop, said the works, which are expected to be completed by the end of June, will involve removing trees and vegetation from the base of the wall and then replacing the excavated material.

Residents are asked to avoid the area if possible as parts of the wharf car park will be closed to pedestrians and vehicles.

“Please take extra care and keep an eye out for truck and machinery movement around the wharf carpark and surrounding streets. Our contractors will be taking extra care too,” Mr Dunlop said.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Tony Dunlop at Bay of Plenty Regional Council on 0800 884 880.