New Zealand farmers and growers have started the clean up after the one in 100 years event that flooded Canterbury in the South Island a week ago. The New Zealand Government has activated its Enhanced Taskforce Green along with NZ$500,000 to help with the clean-up. Funds have been made available to local councils and other agencies who can hire jobseekers to help with clean-up activities which includes clearing debris, such as trees and baleage plastic, fences, and buildings. Damage assessments are being carried out and the Ministry of Social Development is working closely with agencies on the ground to identify the need for Enhanced Taskforce Green support.
Across Ashburton, Selwyn and Waimakariri districts the state of emergency will remain in place to help assist in repairing damaged roads. Flyovers in rural areas show that a lot of fields are under water, meaning winter feed will be short as it has washed away. Federated Farmers South Canterbury president Greg Anderson said heavy machinery and diggers were needed to create channels for rivers to return to their normal courses.