The earth moved . . . West Harbour Community Board chairman Steve Walker views evidence of slips on a steep hillside above Aramoana Rd. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

As the big clean-up continues, life is returning to normal for many rain-affected residents of greater Dunedin.

But frustration remains for residents facing costly repairs and in communities still affected by slips caused by the July 21-22 deluge.

Dunedin City Council transport group manager Richard Saunders said about 200 slip sites were reported across the transport network during the downpour.

Most had been repaired, although about 25 of them were still being assessed by geotechnical consultants.

To date, about $1.5million had been spent on repairs to the transport network.

“We’ve made good progress, but there are still some big challenges ahead as we work through the remaining slips.”

Mosgiel-Taieri Community Board chairwoman Sarah Nitis said the clean-up continued for some residents seriously affected by flooding.

She estimated that 10 to 15 residents in the areas of the Gordon Rd spillway, Mill Creek subdivision and Hazlett Rd in North Taieri were in a “rebuild, refurbishment state”.

The situation was “very disruptive” for those residents, she said.

Another half dozen residents in Henley who had had water through their homes were also in various stages of cleaning up, Mrs Nitis said.

Otago Peninsula Community Board chairman Paul Pope said the peninsula had been left with “some pretty horrific scars” due to the flooding and subsequent slips.

Mr Pope said the clean-up in the area was progressing well and the focus was now on the long-term plan for the area.

All of the roads in the area are open, apart from Highcliff Rd, which was closed for repairs before last month’s flood.

Mr Pope said he hoped the road would be open “sooner rather than later”.

The road to Taiaroa Head had been opened but was limited to one lane and a “long-term fix” was still needed.

Mr Pope praised the DCC staff and contractors for their work in the area after the flood.

The Star joined West Harbour Community Board chairman Steve Walker on Monday for a drive from Carey’s Bay to Aramoana to check out a stretch of road that had been threatened by multiple slips.

While there was plenty of evidence that dozens of slips had come down the steep hillsides above the road, the debris had been removed and the road was clear.

Mr Walker, who was overseas at the time of the flooding, paid tribute to the efforts of community board members and Senior Constable Steve Tvrdeic, of Port Chalmers, in watching over the West Harbour community.

DCC work on remaining slips

Taiaroa Head: Harington Point Rd is being investigated by geotechnical consultants.

Blueskin Rd: Some significant slips need expert investigation.

Coast Rd, Warrington-Karitane: Some deep-seated slips still on the move and will require ongoing maintenance and repair.

Bay Rd, Purakaunui: Under investigation by geotechnical consultants.