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Published: 2002-07-01 00:00:00

Environment Waikato today contributed a total of $20,000 to the Thames Coromandel, Hauraki and South Waikato District Councils’ Mayoral relief funds.

A total of $10,000 goes to the Thames Coromandel District Council and $5,000 each to the other two Councils.

The grants acknowledge the damage to the community in the Coromandel and South Waikato from the massive storm which hit these areas on June 20.

The $5,000 grant to the Hauraki District is assistance to the mayoral fund set up following the dramatic land subsidence at Waihi in December last year.

Overall, the storm event last week over the Coromandel and South Waikato Districts inflicted millions of dollars of damage to private property and public infrastructure which is still being assessed within the two Districts.

Expenditure incurred by Environment Waikato to respond to the event by removing debris from streams has been about $350,000.

In recommending that Environment Waikato support the mayoral funds, Chairman Neil Clarke said that the communities were severely affected by exceptional natural events and contributions were justified to assist in recovering from them. Mr also said the Council would review its policies in respect of assisting victims of future emergencies.