Per an appeal from HDC, here’s how you can help the clean-up effort …
Hawke’s Bay residents are called upon to help in a large-scale coastal clean-up for flood damaged areas such as Waimarama.
The coastal community was devastated by floodwaters during last week’s downpour, which caused residents to be evacuated, debris to clog drains, and silt to pile up on roads and properties.
We want a legion of passionate Hawke’s Bay locals who are willing to volunteer some time to help residents in need clean up their properties.
People who can help out either this Saturday or Sunday (or both) should register your interest by phoning the Hastings District Council on 871 5000 or using this online form.
Those who have registered are asked to be at the Council building in Lyndon Road, Hastings by 7.45am at the latest. And bring either a spade or a shovel and even a wheelbarrow if you can.
Buses will transport volunteers to Waimarama, where you will work alongside residents to clean up flood damaged property before returning to Hastings by 5pm.
Food and water will be provided during the day, but volunteers are asked to bring your own gumboots, gloves and a drink bottle. The work will be physically demanding, so volunteers need to be reasonably fit, and it may not be suitable for children.
Due to the state of Waimarama Road it is important that all volunteers travel on the buses that will be provided, and not try to make your way there independently by car.
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule says “Hawke’s Bay residents have shown in the past they have big hearts and are prepared to support fellow residents during difficult times. This is a co-ordinated effort which is designed to do the most good for Waimarama residents in a short time and help them get back on their feet quickly”.