More volunteers are arriving today to join Rotorua Lakes Council staff responding to the extensive flooding eight days ago.
That's according to the council's latest update this afternoon.
The council said it was continuing to work with the Rural Support Trust and agencies including the Ministry of Primary Industries and Ministry of Social Development to make sure affected rural properties had the right advice and support.
It said residents could have their water tested free by council labs.
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"If you have a personal bore for drinking water, you should boil your water before drinking. You should also test your bore water for contamination . . . Collect a bottle for testing from our water plant off Te Ngae Rd and we will help you through the process."
The council is advertising for community navigators.
"These Navigators will be the points of contact in our community for those affected by the storm and needing on-going support," Civil Defence controller Bruce Horne said.