FLOODING in Rakiraki Town is an issue that needs to be solved by careful planning.
This, according to Rakiraki Town Council interim special administrator Ralulu Cirikiyasawa.
He said the flash floods during the Christmas period had resulted from a heavy downpour and since it was the cyclone season, everyone needed to be prepared.
"There were no major damage last year but people on buses were stranded for a couple of hours getting into town," he said. "This affected some businesses in the town."
He said flooding had been an issue for the town and poor drainage and high tide also contributed to the flash floods.
"It usually takes a while for water to recede and in this kind of weather, we have to be prepared for everything.
"Drainage is not the only problem.
"We have to look at the erosion as well which has culminated by logging.
"We are trying a program with the Ministry of Forestrs that will allow for afforestation so that we do not have soil erosion."
Mr Cirikiyasawa said they were also working with other ministries to strengthen the embankment of the river and work out a permanent solution to stop flooding.