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Hawke's Bay Prison Affected By Wild Winter

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1 SEP 2008 - Torrential rain that has caused flooding and slips across the Hawke's Bay over the past two months has also caused the roof of one building at Hawke's Bay Prison to leak, and some of the cells to flood late last month.

Prison staff inspecting the roof following the torrential rain noticed mould growing in the roof cavity.

Corrections places high priority on the health and safety of all prison staff and prisoners. The Hastings District Council was contacted immediately, and arrangements were made for samples of the mould to be taken for testing.

"We have been working closely with the unions, and local health authorities to ensure the health and safety of Corrections Staff and prisoners is not compromised," says Central Regional Manager Leanne Field.

"Late last week the Hastings District Council informed us that the presence of a high volume of mould spores in three of the six units housed in the affected building will require those units to be temporarily closed while remedial work is undertaken." "Approximately 100 prisoners are affected by the closure of these three units, and arrangements have been made to transport them to appropriate accommodation at Corrections facilities around the country," says Mrs Field. "The unaffected parts of Hawke's Bay Prison continue to operate as normal, and there is no threat to the safety and security of the site. "Staff from the affected units will be moved to other parts of the prison, and where necessary temporarily redeployed."

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