River-monitoring equipment targeted by thieves

'Ripped off bridge at around 3am last Friday'.

'Ripped off bridge at around 3am last Friday'.

Waiapu Bridge solar panel and internal electronics stolen. Picture supplied

Thieves targeted this river monitoring equipment on the Waiapu Bridge on SH35 north of Ruatoria last Friday night.

“It was ripped off the bridge at around 3am Friday morning. We know it was taken then because that was when the data stopped coming through from it,” a council spokeswoman said.

The solar panel powering the unit and its internal electronics were stolen.

“This equipment is used for flood warning purposes and we were not getting the vital river level information we need,” she said.

“Not only is this a public safety issue, it’s also a waste of ratepayers’ money because now the unit has to be repaired.”

The council and police would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or knows anything about the vandalism.

Thieves targeted this river monitoring equipment on the Waiapu Bridge on SH35 north of Ruatoria last Friday night.

“It was ripped off the bridge at around 3am Friday morning. We know it was taken then because that was when the data stopped coming through from it,” a council spokeswoman said.

The solar panel powering the unit and its internal electronics were stolen.

“This equipment is used for flood warning purposes and we were not getting the vital river level information we need,” she said.

“Not only is this a public safety issue, it’s also a waste of ratepayers’ money because now the unit has to be repaired.”

The council and police would like to hear from anyone who saw what happened, or knows anything about the vandalism.

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