...is better than a cure
Lawrence-Tuapeka Community Board members were adamant had the water been contained, none of the flooding would have occurred in their town.
Problems caused by overflowing creeks, particularly Weatherstons Creek during the July flood, were discussed at the community board meeting last Wednesday.
This led to the closure of two cafes because of flood damage. They had remained closed while repairs were being carried out.
Otago Regional Council chief executive Peter Bodeker, who attended the meeting, said staff were working towards clearing veg- etation, particularly willows. DOC had also acted in areas within its jurisdiction. There would be ongoing discussion about options to divert water flow from the Weatherstons Creek, to avoid water building up in the Irvine St ditch.
Nearby Hospital Creek also caused issues. The culvert under State Highway 8/Whitehaven St was ineffective during the flood, and washed out the pavement by the old Lawrence swimming pool. The council will look at options to rectify this situation in the future.
Erosion to the bridge foundations at Lawrence’s northern entrance on the state highway was also mentioned, which would be a NZ Transport Agency matter.
The flood-debri line near Weatherstons Creek at Lawrence.