4:42pm – It will be at least four days before slips are cleared for stranded Golden Bay residents.
“The closure of State Highway 60 has left around 5000 locals and 1000 tourists completely cut off for the next days,” Tasman District Mayor Richard Kempthorne says.
“They have been eager to stock up on supplies… with both the petrol station and the supermarket extremely busy. ”
“The expectation is it that it’ll be at least four days before recovery – and it could be significantly longer.”
FreshChoice is the only supermarket in town and Manager Anthony Tait says, by midday, stock was already running low, so barges are being organised to bring in more supplies.
“It’s probably matching our Christmas sales at the moment, so it’s pretty full-on.”