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Published: 2016-04-11 00:00:00

The final stage of a three-year, $400,000 maintenance programme to improve Turangi’s flood protection scheme has just got underway, says Waikato Regional Council.

This third phase will focus on the existing rock structure at the end of Te Herekiekie St, Turangi. It follows two earlier phases of the work over the past several years.

The structure helps protect the Te Herekiekie St stopbank beside the Tongariro River from erosion.

Rock material is being carted to the site and stockpiled on the Te Herekiekie St reserve ready for placement. An excavator will be used to place rock along the face of the flood protection structure. The works site will be fenced for public safety.  

The work is expected to take approximately four weeks.

The council’s Taupo constituency councillor Kathy White said: “It’s great to see this important work getting underway.

“Bolstering the Te Herekiekie St stopbank’s erosion protection will support the long term integrity of the scheme and the investment made in protecting Turangi from flooding.”