Edgecumbe marks two years on from the floods

Images courtesy of    Frontier Helicopters

Images courtesy of Frontier Helicopters

Two years on and a lot has happened since the April 2017 floods that devastated many Eastern Bay communities.

This Saturday will mark two years since Tropical Cyclone Debbie caused widespread flooding in the Whakatane District.

One of the worst hit was the township of Edgecumbe, where a breach of the College Road stopbank saw much of the town flooded and the whole community evacuated on April 6th, in 2017.

Edgecumbe community plan co-ordinator Vicky Edwards says Edgecumbe and other flood-impacted communities have showed great spirit throughout the long recovery period since.

“Most of the homes are just about nearing back and we’ve made good progress as a community moving forward.”

She says the rebuild has been driven by the support of many community groups, who have now formed under the Edgecumbe Collective.

“The last year we’ve been undertaking of the town’s plan undertaking projects, working together as community groups and consulting with our community with projects that are important to them.

“I think we’ve grown as a community by and large, in that we’re more connected. We have neighbours that are connected with other neighbours and that didn’t happen so much before.”

Sam Gardner