Anxious wait as TCC offers to buy flooded homes

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Water pouring from the hills coupled with a high tide saw lowlying land flooded at Wharawhara Road near Katikati. Photo/file
Water pouring from the hills coupled with a high tide saw lowlying land flooded at Wharawhara Road near Katikati. Photo/file

Tauranga residents whose properties have been affected by flooding are anxiously waiting outside council chambers to find out if TCC will purchase their homes.

Elected members this morning voted in favour of a $5m storm water levy to add to the more than $5m spent on stormwater issues each year.

The amount will will add 4.7 per cent to the proposed 2 per cent rates increase. $3.4 million will be spent on further storm water alleviation, including the possible purchase of land in flood affected areas of Matua and Otumoetai.

Council has gone into confidential to discuss the projects and which parcels of land, if any, would be purchased.

A Matua resident told the Bay of Plenty Times she could not discuss the possible purchase of her property at this stage.

"We don't want to jeopardise anything, she said, we have been living hell because council has put off storm water works for decades and all we want is to get out of our property."

- Bay of Plenty Times

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