Shirley Millard has enough venison in the freezer to last a few months, just in case.
She has stocked up on food in the likelihood she will be trapped in the valley at some point over winter.
The Wharekiri and Miller streams crossed over the road, flooding it when weather was bad and making it too hazardous to drive.
Clarence builder Gavin Clarke said he would have to leave his home if a new bridge was not built, as the regularly flooded access was unreliable for work.
Residents on the isolated side of the valley were not asking for much, Clarke said.
“We’re not asking for anything else except good, all-weather access.”
Resident Lesa B’do said locals had taken it upon themselves to find other ways to leave the valley if necessary. After making an application for a Lotteries grant, they had received emergency helicopter rides.
“There seems to be a little bit of a lack of understanding around the fact that we have a completely different situation here and it really means that we are a lot more cut off and isolated than other people.”
Millard said a lack of communication between the Kaikoura District Council and residents had been a “big issue”.
Residents were told it would take three months to write a report on the bridge’s replacement and consult the community.
No report had been communicated to residents five months after the meeting, Millard said.
Council chief executive Angela Oosthuizen said a business case discussing options for the Glen Alton bridge was still being put together and residents would have input into the final decision.
The council was upgrading the road into the valley to a reasonable 4WD standard as an interim solution, and its status as either permanent or temporary would be assessed, Oosthuizen said.
_By Emma Beaven for The Marlborough Express