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

 


Flood mitigation options to be shared with community

Flood mitigation options to be shared with community

Some communities affected by flooding since the earthquakes will learn more about two fast-tracked options to address issues in Flockton Street and surrounding areas.

Christchurch City Council today received a report outlining two options to restore public drainage systems around Dudley Creek, which affects the Flockton area, to provide a similar level of protection to that before the earthquakes. The two options being considered are:
* a culvert upgrade and channel widening programme
* a pump station and bypass system.

The report provides the context for the proposals, including background about the Council's work to address flooding issues across the city since the earthquakes, and how the Dudley Creek options fit into that wider programme of work.

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the Flockton community has been hit hard by flooding problems since the earthquakes and it is a Council priority to address the issue.

"The Council has been working with other agencies to understand all the post-earthquake flooding issues facing the city and to design solutions. As the Flockton area has experienced three significant flood events since the earthquakes, work in this area had already been prioritised by staff.

Staff were asked to fast-track the Dudley Creek options report as a result of the latest rain event in March.

The Mayor said that this has not stopped the work on the challenges the city faces with increased vulnerability to flooding affecting a number of areas.

"Residents in this particular area have been badly affected since the earthquakes and we need to find workable solutions."

The Council will now present the options to the community to explain in more detail what is being considered and what it means for residents.

"The options being considered will require significant construction works in the area over the next two years, so we want to take the time to discuss the plans with the community before we make a final decision," Mayor Dalziel says.

"It is important we act as quickly as possible to address the issues, but it is equally vital that the community understands what is being proposed and is involved in the process. We will be contacting residents directly to invite them to community drop-in sessions next week so they can find out more about what's involved."

The Council report recognises that the Dudley Creek options are a significant part of a wider piece of work being carried out to address post-earthquake flooding in the city. This work recognises that Christchurch has always been a low-lying city and prone to flooding and aims to return land drainage systems to provide, where possible, pre-earthquake levels of flood protection.

"I think it is important for people to realise that we cannot remove the risk of flooding entirely, but if we can find solutions that protect against the kind of event we had in March, and then we will have addressed one of the most significant land-use challenges that were exacerbated by the earthquakes."

The wider piece of work underway involves a number of recovery agencies and covers physical options, the level of flood protection to be achieved, funding of works, insurance implications, Council's review of the District Plan, the requirements of the Building Act and the personal circumstances of property owners.

A technical joint working party has been established between the Council and CERA to ensure that the wider response across all agencies of Government is well-connected.

Background on the Dudley Creek options

Option 1 - Major Upgrade of Watercourse
This option would improve flood protection by increasing drainage capacity through increasing the width and depth of watercourses, including all of Dudley Creek downstream of the Aylesford culvert to the Avon River, and short sections of Shirley Stream, Bings Drain and St Albans Creek. It also includes the replacement of culverts at 12 road crossings, two public footbridges and 29 private vehicle bridges.

Construction would require major works and traffic management. It would impact 115 properties to some degree. This option would benefit 550 properties and cost $50 million.

Option 2 - Pump Station, Flow Diversion and Lesser Upgrade of Watercourse
This option would improve flood protection by diverting flood waters from key areas by building a pump station within the Flockton area and a piped diversion to Dudley Creek at the intersection of North Avon Road and Banks Avenue. It would also increase the width and depth of watercourses, including all of Dudley Creek downstream of the Aylesford culvert to Warden Street and the section near Banks Avenue, Dudley Creek between Warden Street and Stapletons Road crossing and short sections of Shirley Stream, Bings Drain and St Albans Creek. It also includes culvert replacement at six road crossings and two public footbridges and 21 private vehicle bridges.

Construction would require major works and traffic management. It would impact 70 properties to some degree. This option would benefit 490 properties and cost $53 million.


More information is available online at www.ccc.govt.nz/DudleyCreekRemediation


Community Information Sessions

Date: Wednesday 2 April 2014 and Thursday 3 April 2014,
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Venue: Shirley Boys High School, Main Assembly Hall (entry via Averill Street), North Parade, Richmond.


- Ends -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism And Labour 2017

For many people on the centre-left, populism is a dirty word, and a shorthand for the politics of bigotry. In this country, it has tended to be equated with the angry legions of New Zealand First. Who knew they were not just a reactionary spasm, but the wave of the future?

Certainly, at the end of this week, the next US President will have won office (at least in part) thanks to his proven ability at (a) scapegoating refugees and migrants (b) wooing neo-Nazis and racial supremacists (c) attacking journalists and judges (d) threatening to jail his opponents (e) urging nuclear proliferation and (e) by promising to restrict women’s rights to control their own fertility.

On the face of that campaign record, there wouldn’t seem to be much in common between Donald Trump and say, Spain’s centre-left populist party, Podemos. Yet arguably, the similarities could be instructive for the Labour/Green partnership here. More>>

 
 

Oxfam: 30% Of NZ Owns Less Wealth Than Our Two Richest Men

The research also reveals that the richest one per cent have 20 per cent of the wealth in New Zealand, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the nation’s wealth. The research forms part of a global report released to coincide with this week’s annual meeting of political and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More>>

ALSO:

Hospitals: Resident Doctors Set To Strike Again

Despite discussions between the DHBs and NZRDA over safer hours for resident doctors progressing during the last week, the strike planned for next week appears set to proceed. More>>

ALSO:

Not So Super Fund: More Burning Ethical Questions For Steven Joyce

Greens: Radio New Zealand reported this morning that the New Zealand Superfund has $77 million invested in 47 coal companies that the Norwegian Government’s Pension Fund – the largest sovereign fund in the world – has blacklisted. More>>

Activism: Greenpeace Intercepts World’s Biggest Seismic Oil Ship

Greenpeace crew have made contact with the world’s biggest seismic oil ship after travelling 50 nautical miles on two rigid-hulled inflatables off the coast of Wairarapa... Greenpeace radioed the master of the Amazon Warrior to deliver an open letter of protest signed by over 60,000 New Zealanders. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: Why Tax Cuts In 2017 Would Be A (Proven) Bad Idea

Ever since the world fell prey to the mullahs of the free market in the 1980s, no amount of real world evidence has managed dispel one key tenet of their economic faith. Namely, the idea that if you cut income taxes and taxes on small business, a wave of individual enterprise and entrepreneurial energy will thus be unleashed, profits will rise and – hey bingo! – the tax cuts will soon be paying for themselves ... More>>

Liquor Sponsorship: Researchers Call For Ban On Alcohol Sponsorship Of Sport

“Due to alcohol sponsorship of sport, New Zealanders, including children, were exposed to up to 200 ads per hour they watched televised sport, and people watching football and tennis saw alcohol ads for almost half of each game,” says Associate Professor Signal. More>>

ALSO:

Mt Albert: Ardern For Labour, Genter For Greens

At the close of nominations, Jacinda Ardern was the sole nomination received for the position of Labour’s candidate for the Mt Albert by-election, says Labour General Secretary, Andrew Kirton. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news