Whitmore Park in Marewa, Napier, is totally flooded. Photo / RNZ
More homes in Napier have been declared uninhabitable, following Monday’s devastating storm.
Hawke’s Bay Civil Defence says as of 4pm this afternoon, 225 homes had been assessed, and 30 are not fit to live in.
Eleven homes on Napier Hill are severely damaged, as are two in the suburb of Marewa.
Affected residents are evacuating to welfare centres set up in Napier and Hastings, or to friends and family.
Civil defence controller Ian McDonald said it was too early to say how much it would cost to fix the damage.
However, safety inspections of dozens more properties are likely to be completed tomorrow, and the longer term challenge will be finding permanent accommodation for people currently in emergency accommodation.
Welfare checks will also continue.
“Multi-agency teams also continue to check people’s welfare and wellbeing in the most