The council is exploring options to provide a tanker to restore a supply of clean drinking water to the households and livestock affected by the disruption to the Otama Water Scheme.Eyewitness Les Hannigan was standing on the bridge just moments before part of it was washed away: 'Whoosh, it was gone. He was in the area to keep the road closed temporarily, but given the collapse he told the publication that it will now be closed indefinitely.'Stunned' Gore District mayor Tracy Hicks said that their first priority is now ensuring the safety of the structures and roads in the area.
A 50-metre section of the Pyramid Bridge near Riversdale collapsed on Tuesday morning and is currently travelling downstream in Southland's Mataura River.'There had been a build up of debris at the bridge today, due to the high water flow following yesterday's heavy rainfall,' explained the Gore District Council as they urged people to steer clear of the waterway.
According to nz, the main pipe servicing the Otama rural water supply scheme has been severed, leaving 253 properties without water.
The weight of the concrete chunk could soon cause the concrete chunk to sink to the bottom of the river at any point downstream of the bridge, in which case a helicopter would be used to search for debris.
The Benmore bridge, near Dipton, has been closed as a precaution as the Oreti River continues to rise.
Road closure signs are in place throughout the region.
New Zealand has been buffeted by Tropical Cyclone Fehi with a state of emergency declared in Dunedin and the Buller District.Auckland is New Zealand's biggest city – both in terms of size and population.To truly explore this large, sprawling urban landscape, you definitely need to organise yourself a great Auckland car hire deal.We work with leading car hire providers such as Budget, Avis, Thrifty, and Hertz to bring you a range of rental options.All you have to do is enter your travel details online at Drive Now and we will do the hard work for you.In combination with New Zealand’s rich soils and pure waters, this cultural diversity has enabled an incredible dining scene to flourish.