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Council infrastructure group manager Stavros Michael said weather damage had occupied "a large chunk of time" for his team and contractors.
"When the April 29 flooding occurred we were still working on repairing damage caused during previous weather events.
"Most of the damage from April was to roading with the major damage occurring in the Paradise Valley, Tarawera, Mountain Rd, Rerewhakaaitu and Reporoa where parts of roads were washed away and/or floodwaters caused significant scouring of road surfaces."
Before storms, the council always checks and clears drainage systems in areas prone to surface flooding, makes sure all systems are working as they should be and empties storage ponds at the wastewater treatment plant.
NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) subsidies should cover about $3.5m of the damage caused by the April flooding, leaving the council to pay about $1.6m.
"That's the portion we are asking central government to consider covering," Michael said.
NZTA Bay of Plenty transport system manager Rob Campbell said requests for financial subsidy were "very common" and the NZTA worked with councils to assess the scale of damage and helped with funding applications.
Image 1 of 61: Flooding in Rotorua. Cormac Davis, 12, . Moncur Dr. Photo/Ben Fraser
Chief financial officer Thomas Colle said there was always a contingency in the budgets and they were regularly reviewed.
An independent panel looks at systems and infrastructure to reduce risk, and help planning and guide spending priorities. "Assessing current systems and infrastructure and how we can prevent or minimise future risk will follow the outcome of the independent panel.
Bay of Plenty Regional Council rivers and drainage operations manager Bruce Crabbe said the council had so far spent $90,000 on erosion repair works and vegetation clearing.