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One Gisborne home remains uninhabited over a month after rain event

A Gisborne home remains unoccupied more than a month on from the rain event that hit the district.

The owners are in alternative accommodation supported by their insurer.

Gisborne District Council principal scientist Murry Cave said all properties that were damaged and met Earthquake Commission (EQC) criteria had been assessed.

“In most instances, owners are awaiting the results from the technical advisers engaged by the insurers. A number of sites, particularly those close to rivers, remain prone to additional slumping.”

Dr Cave said sandbags were being supplied to buttress banks for a couple of properties so no further stability issues arose while insurance issues were resolved.

“A few requests for assistance are still coming in and these are being assessed and advice given as required.

“Property owners are asked to remain vigilant and advise the council if they notice changes to their land, particularly after heavy rain,” Dr Cave said. “It needs to be noted that insurance companies only cover dwellings and other permanent structures on a property, and not the land itself.

“Land damage is covered by EQC if it meets their criteria. Mainly if it is within eight metres of a structure on a property or if there is imminent risk, which is defined as a potential for loss within 12 months of an event.”

There were other criteria and people were urged to look at the EQC website for more information, he said.

Dr Cave said the council was still responding to new requests for service relating to landslides and flooding.

“We continue to monitor many of the sites damaged during the storm.

“It needs to be noted that in some instances there is little the council can do if the slipping does not meet EQC criteria.

“As always, we maintain a close watch on weather systems that may result in natural hazard risk, so we can respond as required.”