Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Council to fast-track flood mitigation options

6 March 2014

Council to fast-track flood mitigation options

Christchurch City Council engineers will fast-track work on flood mitigation plans for the Flockton Street area with the aim of presenting options to the Council for a decision by the end of the month.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel, Councillors and Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee met this morning with Council engineers. They discussed the work already underway to address increased flooding risk since the earthquakes, and the implications of record rainfall in Christchurch this week.

The area around Flockton Street in St Albans was once again hit hard by the heavy rain, with more than 50 houses flooded. The Council has asked staff to fast-track work on possible flood mitigation options for the Flockton Street area, with a report to be prepared by the end of the month for the Council to consider and push forward.

Mayor Dalziel says “This would include plans to develop a Local Bill to Parliament that would allow work to be undertaken much faster than through the normal Resource Management Act processes.

“Addressing increased flooding risk continues to be a priority issue for the Council and a lot of work has been done over the past 18 months since the aftershocks eased. But Christchurch people have been through yet another extreme event in the past two days and it has been a real wake-up call for all of us.

“We also had confirmation this morning from the engineers that all of the flood risk models and assumptions that have been developed since the earthquakes to assist planning were validated by what happened this week. What we faced was a significant scaling-up of the forecast rainfall over a short period of time, resulting in what turned out to be worse than a one-in-one hundred year event.”

Minister Brownlee supported the move to fast-track work on mitigation options. “We had a thorough briefing this morning from the engineers, who have got us to a point where there are options to consider,” he says.

Council engineers have been working with staff from EQC and other agencies over past months to consider all flood-related issues and options. This work will continue and will feed into the report being prepared for the Council to consider this month.

The meeting this morning also confirmed timeframes for the review of our District Plan, including the Natural Hazards chapter which looks at how the Council will deal with risks from flooding, Port Hills slope instability and other hazards in the long-term.

A community forum is being held around these hazard issues on 15 March and residents are invited to come along to learn more about what is being planned to address the risks. Find out more about the forum on the Council’s website.

A newsletter updating Flockton residents on the Council’s immediate response and work already underway to mitigate future flooding events will be delivered to letterboxes tomorrow.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news