Cat trapping in flood-ravaged Edgecumbe as an army of volunteers keep cleaning Cook's devastating aftermath

Flood-ravaged Edgecumbe is slowly picking up the pieces.  Photo/George Novak
Flood-ravaged Edgecumbe is slowly picking up the pieces. Photo/George Novak

A big trapping operation is under way in flood-ravaged Edgecumbe to reunite pet cats that fled once water started to pour into the Bay of Plenty township.

People are being told to not be alarmed as the Ministry for Primary Industries and the SPCA set up a number of traps around streets hoping to safely capture lost and wandering felines.

The traps will not injure the animals and monitored daily by SPCA and animal control officers.

The Ministry for Primary Industries said all captured cats would be taken to the SPCA and cared for until the owner was found.

Meanwhile, the enormous effort to clean up Edgecumbe is entering its fourth day.

People from across the country have spent the weekend digging through silt and tearing out damaged whiteware and furniture from flood-soaked homes.

Lead Minister for Edgecumbe and nearby Ohope resident Anne Tolley praised the efforts of volunteers saying they were appreciated.

One person told her they were overwhelmed anyone would give up their Easter holiday to get dirty in Edgecumbe.

A boil water notice remains in effect throughout much of the district and anyone with private bores are being encouraged to test the supply.

Horizon Networks today said there were no more areas without electrical power and it was now concentrating on isolated faults.

A temporary accommodation service has been activated for Edgecumbe residents displaced by the floods.

The government will collect registrations from people with nowhere to live and link them to accommodation.

Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith said he hoped to temporarily house people as close to Edgecumbe as possible.

He said some people may be placed in state homes or family baches.

- NZ Herald

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